Bursary Scheme

The Challenge

A priority issue identified in the original Skills Academy Business Plan was the attraction of new quality recruits into the Nuclear Industry. Since then the nuclear agenda has grown still further with the advent of new nuclear build and the nuclear deterrent successor programme, the issue of recruitment and attraction to the sector has therefore remained a key priority in the new Five Year Business Plan.

To help address this issue, an innovative approach was taken to deliver a bursary scheme for applicants choosing to study programmes that would lead to work in the Nuclear Industry.

The NDA has been the lead partner in this programme providing the majority of the funding with additional funding support contributed by Urenco, NNL, Energy Solutions, Serco and LLW Repository.

Between 2008 and 2014 individuals were encouraged to apply for the bursary to help them begin their career in the nuclear sector.

In 2015 the criteria changed to allow supply chain companies to apply to support their workforce progress in the nuclear industry.


Round 1 & 2, 2008

89 Applicants

50 Bursaries awarded with value of £52,500

Round 3, 2009

37 Applicants

28 Bursaries Awarded with value of £25,250

Round 4 & 5, 2010

132 Applicants

82 Bursaries awarded with value of £62,500

Round 6, 2011

72 Applicants

54 Bursaries awarded with value of £37,000

Round 7 & 8, 2012

72 Applicants

63 Bursaries awarded with value of £44,832

Round 9, 2013

29 Applicants

29 Bursaries awarded with value of £24,250

Round 10, 2015

18 Applicants

16 Bursaries awarded with value of £26,500

Round 11, 2016

8 Applicants

8 Bursaries awarded with value of £7,860


There has been significant high profile press coverage of this bursary scheme which has been very positive for the nuclear industry overall and in particular for the NDA.

The programme has been quoted in Government papers as an exemplar of best practice and it clearly emphasises the impact and effectiveness of partners working together to address this challenge.

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