The National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN), alongside the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) of employers and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) have today launched a new industry-led web-based platform called Nuclear Gateway.
The Nuclear Gateway system means that nuclear companies with oversubscribed graduate and apprentice programmes can provide candidates that they are unable to employ, with the opportunity to register and promote themselves to other nuclear companies.
Organisations with trainee vacancies can then search the system for people that meet their needs, and contact the individual to progress their application.
Importantly, all registered candidates will have successfully already completed part of the recruitment process with a nuclear organisation. The system means that recruiting companies can search for, and engage directly with the next generation of talented and pre-qualified individuals looking for apprentice or graduate recruitment opportunities. They are provided with a timely and cost effective route to talented individuals who are passionate about a career in nuclear.
Beccy Pleasant, NSSG Head of Nuclear Skills, said: “TRS provides a non-commercial platform which furthers collaboration on skills. We’ve got an overpopulated pipeline is some areas, and really struggle with early talent in others. This provides a brilliant matching service – and opens up all sorts of other opportunities from boosting diversity to supporting women returners to sector transferees. Taking this project from concept to delivery, on behalf of the NSSG, has been very exciting.”
Jo Tipa, Managing Director of NSAN said: “The Nuclear Gateway system will help to retain individuals who are looking to have a career in nuclear by enabling them to showcase themselves to more nuclear organisations. For companies, the system provides direct access to motivated candidates, offers reduced recruitment costs and increased efficiency.”
A number of stakeholders are already committed to developing Nuclear Gateway system, including those that might refer candidates and those that are looking to pick them up across the civil nuclear and defence platforms. Stakeholders include Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, Gen2, nucleargraduates, EDF Energy, NIS Ltd, Bridgwater College, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The new Nuclear Gateway will aid the nuclear industry by actively retaining and re-deploying talented individuals within the industry. The system will aid in delivering the identified replacement and expansion demand of 7000 FTEs per annum required for the planned nuclear civil and defence programme in the UK, as identified in the Nuclear Workforce Assessment.
The platform has been developed as part of the wider Talent Retention Solution (TRS) which supports the attraction, retention and redeployment of skills across a range of sectors. Its development has been supported financially by the NDA, as part of their wider commitment to the utilisation of TRS across the NDA group.