International Women’s Day shed focus on the strengths and achievements of women around the world. And to showcase women in the nuclear industry, Clare Fuller hears from two women: Dorothy Gradden OBE, who started her career more than 20 years ago, and Heather Patterson, who only began working in the industry last October. Together, they highlight the differences in the sector.
Beccy Pleasant, the NDA’s Head of Talent and Skills, shares her enthusiasm for a new online skills-matching service, the Nuclear Gateway, that puts job candidates in direct contact with a pool of prospective employers.
Doug Cragg, part of the NDA’s Strategy Team, recounts attending an inspirational conference for young nuclear professionals in Manchester earlier this year, along with colleague Arun Khuttan.
Arun Khuttan enthuses about Cumbrian students who recently joined the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority for a week as part of the Dream Placement scheme. They welcomed spending their half-term week learning about different opportunities within the nuclear industry.
Steph Flynn enthuses about her recent experience of speed mentoring for Women in Nuclear and recognises the value of the work underway to improve the gender balance across the nuclear industry.
Phil Quayle, who is currently on the nucleargraduate programme, tells us about a fun-filled day at Lancashire Science Festival where he encouraged kids to think about how science can be useful in nuclear decommissioning as well as fun!
Recent graduates Gordon Cheung and Annelisa Hussey initially knew little about nuclear. Find out why they both joined the nucleargraduates scheme in 2015, how valuable their experience on the scheme has been, and where they are heading next.
Civil engineer Jack Hardy spent 8 months with the NDA as part of the nucleargraduates training scheme and now works for Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC). He describes how the varied experience built up his understanding of the industry, developed a network of contacts and led to an ongoing involvement with the NDA’s mission.
Hannah Paterson, an enthusiastic nucleargraduate, shares her experience of international sharing of knowledge on waste management issues in Phoenix, Arizona, after winning a scholarship to attend this nuclear industry conference. Hannah is keen for anyone considering a career in nuclear to understand the breadth of opportunities that she has discovered on her journey so far.
Natasha Hanson, Head of HR Strategy and Delivery, and Beccy Pleasant, Head of Skills and Talent, describe the challenges around maintaining a skilled workforce for such a long-term mission. They share the work underway to overcome these challenges, and seek your views on this approach.