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Webinar – Apprenticeship Assessment in the Nuclear Sector

17 Sep 2020

Wed 14th October, 10.00-13.00 The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group and Nuclear Standards Advisory Group are hosting a free interactive Zoom webinar on Apprenticeship Assessment in the nuclear sector. T…More …


Hitachi to End Business Operations on the UK Nuclear Power Stations Construction Project

16 Sep 2020

Hitachi announced today that it is withdrawing from development of the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey. Operations through Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd, owned by Hitachi, had alre…More …


NDA launches leadership partnership to inspire young nuclear professionals

08 Sep 2020

Chief Executive David Peattie announced the NDA’s partnership with the Nuclear Institute’s Young Generation Network (YGN) today at a special webinar for young professionals. It marks the first-ever Y…More …


Nuclear Sector Deal Virtual Event

04 Sep 2020

In June of this year we celebrated the second anniversary of the Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD) and we consider this an increasingly important time to pause and reflect on what has been achieved so far. T…More …


National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 – open for entries

03 Sep 2020

Calling out to all apprentice employers, inspirational apprentices, rising stars and individuals who champion apprenticeships - as the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are now open for entries!  B…More …


Employer incentives for hiring new apprentices applications go live

03 Sep 2020

From 1 September, employers large and small can apply for large cash incentives designed to create more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.   As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employe…More …


Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications

03 Sep 2020

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placement…More …


NIA UK - Blueprint for cheaper nuclear power unveiled

03 Sep 2020

The nuclear industry have set out an ambitious framework to cut the cost of constructing new power stations in the UK. In a new report, a cross-industry team, working as part of the Government-backed…More …


National Nuclear Laboratory: Call for Proposals

02 Sep 2020

There are some exciting opportunities for anyone (organisations or individuals) who would like to get involved in one of the nuclear industry’s greatest challenges. Opportunities are available to gai…More …


Nuclear Apprenticeship Survey 2020 – Deadline extended

27 Aug 2020

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group’s Nuclear Apprenticeship Survey is currently open for submissions. After requests from employers in the sector, the deadline has now been extended to 30th September. …More …


IfATE Employer survey provides snapshot of COVID-19 impact on Apprenticeships

24 Aug 2020

A survey into the impact of COVID-19 on apprenticeship employers has provided invaluable insight into the uptake of remote learning and recruitment concerns of smaller employers. There were 350 respo…More …


Relief scheme for providers of apprenticeship training to public sector employers

07 Aug 2020

This scheme has been introduced to enable public sector employers, who pay the apprenticeship levy to provide relief to their suppliers of apprenticeship training if they consider that they meet the r…More …


Innovative nuclear competition launch – are you ready for the challenge?

27 Jul 2020

A £3.9 million competition is today being launched to find innovative ways to sort and segregate radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority – in…More …


ECITB: Train to Retain

24 Jul 2020

The Train to Retain scheme will support the retention of essential skills in the industry by providing grants for professional development activities for apprentices, trainees and graduates. These dev…More …


Apprentice recruitment incentives – Webinar by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

21 Jul 2020

On July 8th the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a number of measures to address the challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak. The measures are aimed at encouraging employers to take advantage of th…More …


£40 million to kick start next-gen nuclear technology

15 Jul 2020

Government invests £40 million to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technology, creating R&D and manufacturing jobs across the UK funding will develop technologies to supply low-car…More …


King’s College London Nuclear History Conference July 2020

09 Jul 2020

The Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London is holding a nuclear history conference online in July 2020.  Academics, veterans of Britain’s nuclear programmes and other researc…More …


HM Treasury Summer Statement – A Plan for Jobs

08 Jul 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak – “No one will be left without hope” As expected, the Chancellor focused significantly on jobs in today’s (8th July) Summer Statement. The Chancellor began his statement, stat…More …


Gender balance a key goal as Nuclear ‘Sector Deal’ marks second anniversary

03 Jul 2020

The nuclear sector has set its sights on increasing the size of its female workforce as part of a 12-year industry growth plan which marked its second anniversary this week. This year, 25 key orga…More …


EDF: We've joined the pledge to commit to reaching a 40% female workforce by 2030

03 Jul 2020

EDF have recently pledged their commitment and joined the 170+ (combined number of individuals and organisations) to pledge their support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment.  Both individuals an…More …


'Skills, skills, skills' for recovery

30 Jun 2020

Apprenticeships must be "front and centre" of plans to boost skills in the post-Covid recovery, says Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee. But he wants the funding levy for apprenti…More …


Taskforce to boost diversity and inclusion in the engineering construction industry

29 Jun 2020

The ECITB has set up a new taskforce to support greater diversity and inclusion in the engineering construction industry. The industry, which designs, builds, maintains and decommissions major UK inf…More …


Forty by '50: The Nuclear Roadmap

24 Jun 2020

The NIA have today (24th June 2020) published a report - Forty by '50: The Nuclear Roadmap. The report was complied by the NIA and industry members of the Nuclear Industry Council, it sets out the pot…More …


International Women In Engineering Day #INWED20

22 Jun 2020

To celebrate #INWED20 (23rd June 2020) some fantastic companies have shared profiles from women working in engineering to help raise the profile of this amazing sector. Take a look below at just a han…More …


NSSG Delivery Plan

19 Jun 2020

Following the Nuclear Skills Summit in March, the NSSG have been working with the very committed Theme leads, and shadow theme leads, to take the output and refine it into the delivery plan for the ne…More …


NSSG Developers Theme

17 Jun 2020

The NSSG has agreed to establish a new Strategic Theme in its Strategic Plan to concentrate on the skills required in developing new nuclear power stations. NSSG members involved are liaising with CIT…More …


An Introduction to the Nuclear Sector Deal

17 Jun 2020

The Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD), a commitment agreed between the UK government and the nuclear industry to delivery significant social-economic benefits by 2030, was published on 28th June 2018. Five wo…More …


Sector Consultation – Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Framework in Radiation Protection Monitoring

12 Jun 2020

A draft Modern Apprenticeship Framework has been developed by a working group of employers in Scotland for Radiation Protection Monitoring. The draft document is now available for consultation. Empl…More …


Nuclear Apprenticeship Survey now open

12 Jun 2020

The Nuclear Standards Advisory Group is conducting a survey of apprenticeships across the nuclear sector. This follows the inaugural Nuclear Apprenticeship Survey last year, which provided a good und…More …


For the first time ever, there are more than 1 million women working in core STEM roles across the UK

11 Jun 2020

There are more than 1 million women working in core STEM roles across the UK for the first time ever, according to the Wise Campaign. Their #1oftheMillion Day took place on the 10th June 2020. Wise a…More …


Nuclear Bursary Open

08 Jun 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major challenge for employers and employees across the UK nuclear industry. This unprecedented situation has led to some people being affected by furlough or redundancy, as…More …


Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education launches a Pulse Survey

03 Jun 2020

The Institute is committed to supporting the apprenticeship sector in dealing with the significant challenges that Covid-19 has presented. To help them, they are asking employer to complete a short p…More …


Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment: Join the 170 organisations and individuals who have already committed

03 Jun 2020

Shortly after releasing the Gender Commitment, we received a plethora of signatures on behalf of both individuals and companies/organisations. During this time, having an online platform available to…More …


£1.7bn investment by nuclear in South West economy ‘just the beginning’ says industry chief

03 Jun 2020

Money invested by Hinkley Point C in the region just part of the £14bn being spent by the project across the UK.  New nuclear projects in Britain now employ 10,000 people, with the nuclear industry…More …


Nuvia pledges support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment

26 May 2020

Nuvia are the next company to join the 150+ (combined number of individuals and organisations) to pledge their support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment.  Both individuals and representatives o…More …


ECITB unveils new Board Members

26 May 2020

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has announced the appointment of five new Board members to lead the organisation. Appointed by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills…More …


New Role for Assystem's Rachel Atherton at WiN

20 May 2020

Assystem’s Rachel Atherton has accepted the role of Charter Contracts Manager for Women in Nuclear UK (WiN) Rachel, who is the Business Support and Security Manager for the joint venture, AXIOM, will…More …


WiN UK Patron encourages applications for Nuclear Future Award

11 May 2020

Applications for the Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global, Nuclear Future Award are open. Applicants are welcome from members aged 40 and under with 3 years + experience in nuclear. Applicants need to descri…More …


Nuclear Safety Case Professional Development Survey

07 May 2020

Nuclear sector employers are invited to participate in a survey aimed at individuals working in the UK’s nuclear industry with a role in safety case development. Funded by the BEIS Nuclear Innovation…More …


ECITB unveils new skills crisis package to support industry

06 May 2020

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) have unveiled a wide ranging £6m package to help employers retain young skilled workers and allow training to take place. Key Measures: …More …


ECITB pledges support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment

29 Apr 2020

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) join the many organisations and individuals to have signed the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment. ECITB said:  "The ECITB has pledged its supp…More …


Invitation to sign the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment

28 Apr 2020

The NSSG/Women in Nuclear (WiN) Gender Commitment page is now live! The Nuclear Sector is changing – and people right across the sector understand and support the idea of gender equality.The Nuclear…More …


The Skills Toolkit: Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills

28 Apr 2020

The Government, have today (28th April 2020) launched The Skills Toolkit. The Skills Toolkit is a new online platform, giving you access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help you…More …


Delivery of T Levels and Industry Placements – Government Update

28 Apr 2020

The Department for Education has provided an update on the delivery of T Levels and industry placements, in the light of the unprecedented impact of Covid-19. Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under-S…More …


Next Gen Nuclear Industry Council – Call for applications!

27 Apr 2020

The Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) is a joint-forum between the UK nuclear industry and Government, whose primary role is to provide strategic leadership to the nuclear industry. The NIC developed the…More …


Assystem pledges support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment

24 Apr 2020

Assystem are the next company to join the 152 (combined number of individuals and organisations) to pledge their support to the Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment.  Assystem said: "Through our #INCRED…More …


Executive Summary for Nuclear Skills Summit 2020 now available

24 Apr 2020

Planning phase 2 of the NSSG Delivery Plan The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) held a successful Skills Summit in March, which was a focused Workshop run in partnership with the Young Generation…More …


Nuclear industry donates £200,000 of lifesaving PPE to the NHS

24 Apr 2020

Sellafield Ltd and its owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), have pledged £200,000 to purchase the kit for the county’s frontline NHS and social care staff. An estimated 5,000 gowns sho…More …


National College for Nuclear (NCfN) pledges support to Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment

09 Apr 2020

National College for Nuclear has pledged its support to have 40% of the nuclear sector held by women by 2030. They also received a certificate to mark their commitment.  NCfN used the Nuclear Sector…More …


Sellafield's Rebecca Ballantyne sets daily science challenges for children

08 Apr 2020

Sellafield scientist, Rebecca Ballantyne has set up a new Facebook Page 'Kreative Kidz Cumbria' to set daily science challenges for children.  Rebecca has been part of Sellafield Ltd’s STEM programme…More …


YGN take on Cost Reduction Summit Hackathon Challenge!

27 Mar 2020

Robert Alford, Chair YGN Education, Attraction, Outreach subcommittee (Executive Assistant Group S&T Director NDA) led a fantastic Skills Summit “Hackathon” on the role of skills in achieving the…More …


Online Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment now live!

27 Mar 2020

The NSSG/Women in Nuclear (WiN) Gender Commitment page is now live! Here, both individuals and representatives of organisations can sign up to either a personal commitment or an organisational commit…More …


PMO drives forward Sector Deal

27 Mar 2020

The latest Nuclear Sector Deal Project Management Office Meeting (PMO) took place in March.  The NSSG is represented on the PMO, providing input, guidance and reporting on progress against the NSSG’s…More …


NSSG explores Agile Nuclear Workforce Scenario Modelling

27 Mar 2020

Credible forecasting of the nuclear industry’s workforce requirements provide the backdrop to the development of a robust skills strategy. For the existing nuclear estate, major work programmes exten…More …


NSSG joins Infrastructure and Project Authority meetings

26 Mar 2020

The Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) has initiated a series of monthly round-table meetings to look at interventions to maintain the skills supply in the face of competing demands from large…More …


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Department for Education Apprenticeship Programme Response

24 Mar 2020

This is a difficult time for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, assessment and external assurance. The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers co…More …


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