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More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

21 May 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an update on its planning for T Level placements, and support to employers. It includes a new package of measures so employers can provide the “heart”…More …


Update on North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Scheme

16 May 2019

The North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Scheme was launched in January and now has 10 apprentices working in a range of small and medium companies in West Cumbria. It is aimed at developing Le…More …


Nuclear Skills 2019: a rich legacy

14 May 2019

The inaugural Nuclear Skills 2019 which took place in March, organised by the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group, targeted the key Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD) workforce themes, reflecting on the challenges f…More …


Celebrating UK Skills for Nuclear

14 May 2019

The Hilton Manchester welcomed the nuclear industry's eleventh annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards on the 21st March, following the high profile Nuclear Skills 19. During the evening the nuclear stars of…More …


NSSG Apprenticeship Survey – a key exercise to understand uptake

14 May 2019

The NSSG’s  Apprenticeship survey is an important exercise to gather an even deeper understanding of the uptake of apprenticeships in the nuclear industry and the findings will support the skills dime…More …


New Nuclear Career Pathways Site launched

14 May 2019

A dedicated web platform for people interested in starting a career in the UK’s nuclear sector www.nssguk.com/nuclear-career-pathways has been launched. The site has been launched as part of the Nucle…More …


Wide-ranging Curriculum Survey underway

14 May 2019

An NSSG Curriculum Survey has now started with background work undertaken by Eunoia Associates.   The review will be delivered through a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, loo…More …


Subject Matter Specification developed by Working Group

14 May 2019

The SME Functional Specification has been developed by the SME-High Level Skills Working Group as a reference document for the nuclear industry on the guiding principles for a SME development programm…More …


NSSG Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Strategy set for launch

14 May 2019

The newly developed Strategy Diversity and Inclusion in the Nuclear Sector  sets out how the NSSG and partners will achieve its vision for “a progressive, diverse and inclusive nuclear sector that ins…More …


Webinar: Building the Gender-Inclusive Workforce of the Future

14 May 2019

NSSG Skills Lead, Beccy Pleasant, took part in a Clean Energy Solutions Center webinar which focused on how the NICE Future initiative hopes to collaborate within the CEM to foster a more diverse and…More …


Levy Usage starts to increase

14 May 2019

Levy paying employers used 22 per cent of their apprenticeship levy funds in the 12 months to the end of January 2019 – a fourfold increase from the 5 per cent drawn down in the first nine months of t…More …


The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education publishes business plan for 2019/2020

14 May 2019

The IfATE set out a number of objectives and performance indicators for each of their major work areas: Technical Education Apprenticeship Standards Quality Relationships People Influence Chief Exec…More …


Plans launched to boost digital “functional” skills for adults

14 May 2019

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need. Research shows that digital skills have bec…More …


Inquiry on the Apprenticeships Programme

14 May 2019

The Public Accounts Committee has launched a new inquiry on the apprenticeship programme titled The Apprenticeships programme: progress review inquiry. This session was held on 25th March. It was sta…More …


Guidance: apprenticeships recognition of prior learning

14 May 2019

DfE have published new guidance for training providers, employers and apprentices about the need for, and importance of, recognition of prior learning.  The apprenticeship funding rules state that the…More …


Scotland

14 May 2019

Scotland is confident it will meet its 2018/19 Apprenticeship target of 28,000 starts.  As a result, the Scottish Government is expanding the number of Modern Apprenticeship places available to 29,000…More …


YouTube Channel launched to share insights and experiences of working in sector

14 May 2019

NSSG has unveiled a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing best practice and individual experience of working in the nuclear industry and the opportunities this brings. The channel’s objective is to pro…More …


UK Government and Hitachi “should capitalise on fertile territory for energy project after suspension of Wylfa Newydd”

14 May 2019

In a new report the Welsh Affairs Committee asks the UK Government and Hitachi to capitalise on the geological benefits of the site at Wylfa Newydd, and the skills of people working in the area, by co…More …


2019 Nuclear Workforce Assessment to set out workforce demand scenarios

14 May 2019

The NSSG recognises that it is critical that the nuclear skills evidence base remains responsive to all potential options, particularly given several key commercial decisions are still to be made. Fol…More …


Subject Matter Specification developed by Working Group

01 May 2019

The SME Functional Specification has been developed by the SME-High Level Skills Working Group as a reference document for the nuclear industry on the guiding principles for a SME development programm…More …


Women and the CEM/NICE Future initiative: Building the Gender-Inclusive Workforce of the Future

29 Apr 2019

NSSG Skills Lead, Beccy Pleasant, took part in a Clean Energy Solutions Center webinar which focused on how the NICE Future initiative hopes to collaborate within the CEM to foster a more diverse and…More …


NDA 5-year research and development plan 2019 to 2024

23 Apr 2019

This 5-year plan is intended to provide information to a range of stakeholders about the R&D topics that NDA plans to fund. It includes how these activities will enable them to develop strategy, e…More …


New Nuclear Career Pathways Site launched

17 Apr 2019

Today sees the launch of a dedicated web platform for people interested in starting a career in the UK’s nuclear sector www.nssguk.com/nuclear-career-pathways The site has been launched as part of th…More …


Meet the Disrupters! BECBC Shadow Board brings fresh ideas...

03 Apr 2019

Last Year Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) in Cumbria appointed a “Shadow Board” of eight young people from a range of member companies. They are bringing fresh ideas as well as sense o…More …


Celebrating UK Skills for Nuclear

26 Mar 2019

The Hilton Manchester welcomed the nuclear industry's eleventh annual UK Nuclear Skills Awards on the 21st March. During the evening the nuclear stars of the present and future were announced. The awa…More …


Nuclear Skills 2019 sees over 250 delegates converge at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

22 Mar 2019

The inaugural Nuclear Skills 2019 which took place on March 21st, organised by the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group, targeted the key Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD) workforce themes, reflecting on the challen…More …


Spring Statement for Education and Skills

14 Mar 2019

The 10-per-cent fee that small businesses must pay when they take on apprentices will be halved from April 1. Levy-paying employers are able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with t…More …


Status Update: Nuclear Sector Deal People Strand

04 Mar 2019

The NSSG, as the nuclear industry-led strategic group, is responsible for delivering the Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD) Future Workforce theme. The aim is to ensure that the UK skill demand from the future…More …


Secondment opportunities at NIRO

01 Mar 2019

The Nuclear Innovation and Research Office (NIRO) is currently recruiting for the following secondment opportunities.  Senior Technical Advisor Senior Strategic and Economic Advisor  NIRO is op…More …


ED&I success for NDA Group companies

28 Feb 2019

Dounreay has been celebrating progress in ED&I at the inaugural Dounreay Professionalism Awards. Highlighting the site’s journey towards decommissioning excellence, the awards recognised its firs…More …


Nuclear industry gets involved with flagship Pride event

28 Feb 2019

A rainbow flag flew proudly over the Sellafield site as the company became one of the main sponsors of this year’s Cumbria Pride event. With a significant number of Sellafield employees proudly marc…More …


Counting down to Nuclear Skills 2019! March 21st Bridgewater Hall

28 Feb 2019

Nuclear Skills 2019 is now a sold out event – and we look forward to bringing all the delegates a fantastic day exploring, debating and sharing experiences on the skills agenda. Led by the NSSG, the…More …


Standards Advisory Group publishes 23 new and priority roles

27 Feb 2019

The NSSG facilitated Nuclear Standards Advisory Group (SAG) has now completed its initial review of generic role descriptions in the nuclear industry, and has published 23 new Industry Role Profiles.…More …


Nuclear Degree Apprentices to join ONR

27 Feb 2019

The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is appointing its first Nuclear Degree Apprentices, adding another career pipeline into the organisation. The Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship Scheme develops A-L…More …


Nuclear AMRC Midlands opens for business

27 Feb 2019

Nuclear AMRC Midlands, a new research and innovation centre to support manufacturers across the region, has opened for business in the iHub at Infinity Park, Derby. The new centre is a major expansio…More …


Full STEAM ahead for new Sellafield supported education trail

27 Feb 2019

The new Sellafield supported STEAM trail (which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) is at Westlakes Science Park, near Whitehaven, Cumbria. The trail is both physical and dig…More …


STEM returner opportunities with Cavendish Nuclear

27 Feb 2019

From April 2019, Cavendish Nuclear will be running a STEM Returners programme with placements based in its team supporting the construction of Hinkley Point C power station, the UK’s first new build N…More …


Contracts awarded to deliver the first T Levels

27 Feb 2019

A major milestone was reached in February as contracts to develop, deliver and award the first three T Levels were awarded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Institute for Apprenticeships and T…More …


Next generation of artificial intelligence talent to be trained at UK universities

27 Feb 2019

February saw the launch of a new Government post-graduate artificial intelligence (AI) drive to boost productivity and create high skilled jobs as part of the modern Industrial Strategy. For the firs…More …


Transferring unused apprenticeship funds to other employers

27 Feb 2019

The Guidance has been updated and includes:  How will transferring funds work How much can be transferred What transfers can pay for How to start a transfer Guidance for employers who are trans…More …


Fusion: an example of Government science ambitions

27 Feb 2019

New Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore gave his first major speech on science policy during a visit to UKAEA. The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s pursuit…More …


2019 Nuclear Workforce Assessment will set out workforce demand scenarios

27 Feb 2019

The NSSG recognises that it is critical that the nuclear skills evidence base remains responsive to all potential options, particularly given several key commercial decisions are still to be made. Fo…More …


IfATE February Newsletter

22 Feb 2019

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has published its latest newsletter, which sets out its name change to as it takes on more responsibility for T Levels. From the end of January it…More …


Manchester University awarded three CDTs – including Green Centre for Nuclear

20 Feb 2019

The University of Manchester has secured more than £19million of research investment after being awarded three Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). The Centres will train the next generation of docto…More …


Minister calls to dispel girls’ misconceptions of STEM subjects

14 Feb 2019

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has called on teachers, parents and society in general to challenge and dispel misconceptions some girls have about Science, technology, engineering and mathematics…More …


Institute takes on responsibility for Technical Qualifications

31 Jan 2019

From the 31 January 2019 the Institute for Apprenticeships will officially become the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute). This change represents the Institute’s form…More …


Community apprenticeships to change lives in Cumbria

29 Jan 2019

Sellafield Ltd is funding fifty new apprenticeships for small companies throughout Cumbria. The scheme  is supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSS…More …


The Big Assembly Live Steam: letting the apprentices take over!

28 Jan 2019

The Big Assembly is a live video stream to thousands of students across the UK wanting to find out what an apprenticeship could mean for them.  The apprentices hosting the Big Assembly will tell scho…More …


Horizon suspends work on UK Nuclear Development Programme

21 Jan 2019

Comment from the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group industry members: Horizon Nuclear Power has announced that it will suspend its UK nuclear development programme, following a decision taken by its paren…More …


Nuclear Skills 2019 – last few exhibition spaces remaining!

21 Jan 2019

This inaugural UK Skills Conference will: Cement key exhibitors as thought leaders to an audience of industry decision makers Support the development and maintenance of skills in the nuclear indus…More …


Energy World magazine features a Group transfer scheme between Coal and Nuclear power plants

17 Jan 2019

Author, and NSSG Head of Nuclear Skills, Beccy Pleasant said: “It’s clear many in-demand technical, project and managerial needs of the nuclear energy sector are very similar to those in traditional e…More …


NSSG features in Nuclear Future Journal

09 Jan 2019

The NSSG sets out its journey so far, role in the Nuclear Sector Deal and future plans, in the latest issue of the Nuclear Institute’s Nuclear Future Journal. The article covers the NSSG’s operating m…More …


A celebration of our Sector's Suffragettes

17 Dec 2018

A statue of iconic Mancunian suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has been unveiled to mark the centenary of women being given the right to vote.  This culminates a year of celebration of the passing of the…More …


NSSG sets out Updated Strategic Skills Plan to deliver Nuclear Sector Deal

11 Dec 2018

Two years after its initial, wide-ranging Nuclear Strategic Skills Plan, the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) has launched an Updated Strategic Skills Plan at Nuclear 2018, the Nuclear Industry As…More …


Nuclear Skills 2019 Conference

11 Dec 2018

Nuclear Skills 2019 led by the NSSG, will bring together nuclear employers, partners and Government on the skills agenda and, for the first time, will present a holistic programme on both nuclear skil…More …


NSSG Chair, Dr Fiona Rayment outlines Knowledge Management in context of an ageing workforce

11 Dec 2018

Fiona set out the work of the NSSG at a Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Event at the end of October, in regard to building up a pipeline of talent that will meet the sector’s own needs, and also build a s…More …


Franco-British Seminar on the innovative approaches to nuclear skills

11 Dec 2018

On the 7th/ 8th November, a second Franco-British Seminar on innovative approaches to nuclear skills was held in London. Around 50 individuals from the nuclear industry, research, education, governmen…More …


Standards Update

11 Dec 2018

The NSSG is continuing work with the Institute for Apprenticeships on policy issues relating to a newly developing Nuclear Technical Specialist Apprenticeship Standard at Level 8 (PhD level). While wa…More …


Place Workshop drives forward regional delivery

11 Dec 2018

Following the Nuclear Sector Deal place workshop, sub-groups have now been identified for 5 priority areas to take forward regional delivery on a collaborative approach to maximise the opportunity fro…More …


Government announces reforms to Apprenticeship Levy and announces consultation

11 Dec 2018

The government has announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed. The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses…More …


Second wave of IfA Funding Reviews

11 Dec 2018

The Institute For Apprentices is reviewing the funding bands for apprenticeships to ensure they are consistent with funding bands assigned more recently; are based on the most up-to-date information w…More …


End of reprocessing at Thorp signals new era for Sellafield

11 Dec 2018

The NDA has reached a major milestone in its decommissioning mission with the end of nuclear fuel reprocessing at Thorp. he last piece of nuclear fuel was ‘sheared’ (where nuclear fuel is cut into pi…More …


New training centre to keep Oxfordshire a hi-tech hotspot

11 Dec 2018

A training centre that will equip up to 350 apprentices per year with technical skills for the local economy is now taking shape at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon. Oxfordshire Advanced Skills (O…More …


Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs)

11 Dec 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance which sets out how government will support Skills Advisory Panels, and its expectations as to their role, structure and governance. The intent…More …


Damian Hinds Technical Education Speech

11 Dec 2018

The Education Secretary set out his plans to get more people into skilled jobs in a recent speech at Battersea Power Station. “We are introducing clear, high quality, technical paths to skilled jobs……More …


Defence Secretary announces £400m investment for nuclear-armed submarines

11 Dec 2018

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced a £400 million funding boost for the Dreadnought programme, as he opened a new training academy and revealed the name of the second Dreadnought submari…More …


Latest round of Nuclear Bursary launched

10 Dec 2018

The Nuclear Bursary provides financial support to individuals for education and training opportunities to help with starting or furthering their professional career in nuclear. The Nuclear Bursary sc…More …


NSSG sets out Updated Strategic Skills Plan to deliver Nuclear Sector Deal

06 Dec 2018

Two years after its initial, wide-ranging Nuclear Strategic Skills Plan, the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) has today launched an Updated Strategic Skills Plan at Nuclear 2018, the Nuclear Indus…More …


UK to benefit from new ‘project manager’ degree apprenticeship

29 Nov 2018

Sellafield Ltd has launched the UK’s first ‘project manager’ degree apprenticeship. The four year scheme will create project managers for any industry, not just nuclear, equipping people with an inte…More …


Nuclear Skills 2019 Conference

29 Nov 2018

Nuclear Skills 2019 led by the NSSG, will bring together nuclear employers, partners and Government on the skills agenda and, for the first time, will present a holistic programme on both nuclear skil…More …


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