Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

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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 …


NSSG Chair to showcase NSSG and focus on Diversity at ANS Winter Meeting

12 Nov 2018

NSSG Chair, Dr Fiona Rayment, OBE, will showcase the work of the NSSG, and in particular our work on diversity, at this week’s American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting, which takes place from 11-…More …


NSSG Chair Dr Fiona Rayment OBE elected new Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s Steering Committee

07 Nov 2018

The UK Permanent Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have announced that NSSG Chair Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, has been elected new Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Ene…More …


Summary of Budget 2018 – business, skills and education

30 Oct 2018

Contribution of small companies to apprenticeship levy to be reduced from 10% to 5%: amounting to a total of £695m package to support apprenticeships £20 million worth of new “skills pilots” announ…More …


Apprenticeship and levy statistics: October 2018

26 Oct 2018

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information. There have been 369,700 apprenticeship starts repo…More …


Introducing the next generation of nuclear professionals

23 Oct 2018

Sellafield Ltd is celebrating the latest group of nuclear trainees to complete apprenticeships. More than 140 apprentices have graduated from 21 diverse schemes such as engineering design, health phy…More …


Have you signed up to the Nuclear Gateway System?

23 Oct 2018

The Nuclear Gateway system enables nuclear companies with oversubscribed graduate and apprentice programmes to provide candidates that they are unable to employ, with the opportunity to register and p…More …


NDA’s Anne Jenkins to take forward NSSG ED&I Strategy

23 Oct 2018

NSSG members invited to join ED&I Forum Anne Jenkins has been appointed as the NDA Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) and has extensive experience in this field having previous…More …


NSSG Coal to Nuclear transfer Scheme in development

19 Oct 2018

A Group transfer scheme between Coal and Nuclear power plants is now in development, by EDF, ECITB and NSSG.  A workshop held in October identified two potential work-streams associated with operatio…More …


UK/France Employer Forum on Diversity and Inclusivity develops pragmatic actions

19 Oct 2018

October saw a Paris-based Sharing Forum attended by French and UK employers, including NSSG members.   The two-day event shared initiatives and ideas from both countries on improving diversity and in…More …


Next Generation Nuclear Outreach – workshop agrees “Argos catalogue” resource pack

19 Oct 2018

An important workshop jointly facilitated by the NSSG and EngineeringUK, attended by nuclear employers, supply chain representatives and LEPs was held in Manchester University in October. Its aim was…More …


Online Nuclear Career Pathways in development

19 Oct 2018

The NSSG is creating a new online Nuclear Career Pathways platform integrated within the new NSSG website.  This will be made visible to all, to provide generic career pathways to support mobility ac…More …


nucleargraduates: 10 years of achievement

19 Oct 2018

Created by the NDA in 2008 with a £5 million investment, the nucleargraduates programme is the most comprehensive graduate scheme the industry has ever seen. The 10 year milestone was marked at a cel…More …


New Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Initiative Interactive Resource Bank to support diversity targets

19 Oct 2018

At present, the nuclear sector is ~22% female, which is made up of 12% within the Defence sector and 28% in the Civil Nuclear. Aspirational targets have been set for the nuclear workforce to reach 4…More …


NSSG Nuclear Workforce Assessment will see improved and wider workforce data

19 Oct 2018

Meetings are scheduled with the Defence sector and Horizon Nuclear Power to discuss the provision of enhanced workforce data.This is part of the broader industry collaboration to increase the accuracy…More …


Round up of Education and Skills Policy announcements at Conservative Party Conference

19 Oct 2018

Brexit was of course at the centre stage of the Conservative Party Conference, but many of the debates at the Conservative Party conference focussed on learning, education and apprenticeships.  The Ch…More …


Apprenticeship and levy statistics

19 Oct 2018

Statistics covering the most recent monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information have been released. The number of apprenti…More …


Government announces advanced maths premium for providers

19 Oct 2018

The advanced maths premium is funding for additional students studying specified level 3 maths qualifications. It is paid at a rate of £600 per year per additional student for one or 2 years, dependin…More …


2018 annual report on education spending in England

19 Oct 2018

A new report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies released in September highlights: Spending on the 3- and 4-year-old free entitlement to early education has risen from almost nothing in the early…More …


Cumbria to be boosted by 50 new apprenticeships as part of Nuclear Sector Deal

08 Oct 2018

A new ‘North West Nuclear Community Apprenticeship Programme’ will boost employment opportunities for local people, and help drive economic growth in the region. The scheme is being supported by the…More …


Government announces reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed

02 Oct 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 …


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