NSAN: Supporting the delivery of the Nuclear Strategic Skills Plan

NSAN welcomed an updated Strategic Skills Plan published by the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) at the Nuclear 2018 conference on the 6th December.

NSAN is proactively supporting the delivery of the Plan and has been involved in a number of outputs that have been delivered to support UK nuclear employers to recruit the highly skilled people they need to meet the sector’s ambitious programme.  Some of these include:

The latest round of the Nuclear Bursary scheme (currently live for applications), managed by NSAN and funded by the ECITB and NDA, will help the sector to deliver one of the NSSG’s key themes of ‘Exciting the Next Generation .’   The criteria for the latest round has a focus on supporting diversity, encouraging mobility & transferability, promoting the development of SME organisations and aiding in meeting specific skills gaps.

The nucleargateway system is a bespoke nuclear recruitment platform for apprentices and graduates.  Launched in December 2017, the system provides an opportunity for applicants that have applied to companies with oversubscribed graduate and apprentice programmes to promote themselves to other nuclear companies.  The system has been developed to support the industry by actively retaining and re-deploying talented individuals within the sector.  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.

NSAN, in collaboration with the nuclear employer trailblazer groups, have gained agreement for a number of new apprenticeship standards including: Nuclear Operative, Nuclear Health Physics Monitor, Nuclear Welding Inspection Technician, Nuclear Scientist & Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Technician.  Responding to the need for high quality End Point Assessment (EPA), NSAN is now also a successful End Point Assessment organisation, dedicated to providing tailored EPA to nuclear companies for nuclear-specific apprenticeships.

This collaboration continues with the development of what is hoped to be the UK’s first PhD level apprenticeship standard for Technical Specialist in Nuclear Engineering, Science or Technology.

The NSAN Employer Advisory Board represents the views of the supply chain and broader industry to the NSSG, providing valuable input and feedback, to help to shape the development of skills solutions.  NSAN’s Employer Advisory Board consists of twenty-four nominated industry representatives who are dedicated to supporting the industry in delivering on the skills challenges ahead. 

Jo Tipa, Managing Director of NSAN commented:

“NSAN is an employer led organisation, working with over 170 member organisations.  We are in a prime position to support the NSSG and the industry as a whole in the delivery of the ambitious targets set out in the People element of the Nuclear Sector Deal.

Through the continuation of successful collaboration, and accountability in delivering the actions set out in this long-term Skills Strategy, the sector will be able to embrace and meet the skills challenges identified.”