05 Sep 2019
The NSSG has identified the need to attract the next generation into the nuclear sector as a priority area in their strategic plan.
There is also a pressing need to support our younger generation to handle a changing workplace environment and the impact of new technologies, no matter what sector they find themselves in.
An NSSG Working Group is currently progressing the business case for a NextGen Nuclear programme which would see an exciting, 21st Century integrated programme of interventions, across three overarching themes.
a) A digitalised resource portal, supporting careers based education through Careers Hubs
b) Modernised work experience offerings including digital AR/VR solutions, for example facilities to particularly encourage entry to fragile skills areas such as welding
c) Teacher CPD programmes, to enable a more sustained impact in schools
The programme would be phased over 3 years, and aimed at ensuring the sector has the diverse future talent pipeline required to both deliver the ambition expressed in the Industrial Strategy and support nuclear project-based local economic opportunity.
Theme leader and NSSG member John Male, Head of ONR Academy at the Office for Nuclear Regulation said: “This ambitious scheme, which is still at proposal stage, would enable the nuclear sector to be leading edge in terms of its careers and schools engagement activity. It would also provide a fantastic pilot framework which could be used to support collaboration across other sector deal programme boards.
“We know that the classroom doesn’t always prepare students for the real world and the opportunities that are out there, so bringing our sector and technologies into schools would be a tremendous move for the nuclear industry. It would bridge the gap between the sector and schools, stimulate the development of in-demand and fragile skills and help young people to seize emerging opportunities in our companies.”
The delivery of these interventions would be through existing regional mechanisms, complementing the work of the Careers Hubs. The priority interventions have been identified by industry, who have also committed to funds to support.