Provider Masterclass and Sellafield Tour

Thursday 11 April 2013

Members of the National Skills Academy Nuclear and their High Quality Training Provider Network recently attended a Human Performance Masterclass, including a visit to the new Lakes College Construction Skills Centre and a mini tour of some of the Sellafield facilities.

The event was arranged as part of the National Nuclear Gateway project, funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, to deliver a tailored and well-structured employer and provider interchange programme.

The group included representatives from:
Lakes College
Hartlepool College
JTL Training
Babcock International
Bury College
Oakridge Training and Consultancy
Dove Nest Management Training and Development
Training 2000
Stroud and South Gloucester College
C&G Services
and National Skills Academy Nuclear

The group were given presentations on the ‘History and Vision for Sellafield Training’ by Ken McEwan, Head of Training, together with an overview of the Fuel Cycle and Human Performance delivered by other Sellafield personnel.

Participants were given a tour of the CAT facility, Skills Workshop and the THORP Viewing Gallery, as well as an off-site preview of the newly built Lakes College state of the art Construction Skills Centre which will officially open in September 2013.

It was a packed agenda which clearly gave the participants a greater insight into the work of Sellafield, the industry as a whole and the challenges ahead, as well as the opportunity to see first-hand the excellent facilities available at both Sellafield and Lakes College.

This insight was invaluable to providers considering how they might develop their own programmes now and in the future to meet the needs of the industry.

Feedback from the event was excellent with comments including:

“The event exceeded my expectations – the scale of the place, training programmes and investment in staff”

“This will allow more informed discussions with apprentices from the nuclear sector”

“I will use the knowledge gained with both staff and students”