Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

05 Sep 2019

ED&I subgroup sets out the key industry commitments required for gender progress

The NSSG gender subgroup is now well established and responsible for delivery of the newly developed gender Roadmap towards 40% women by 2030. The Group has set out the key commitments required from industry to meet this ambition.

This would see NSSG members recognising the need to recruiting at least 40% women now to meet replacement demand (across apprenticeships, graduates, and experienced hires) as well as to driving the roadmap within their own organisations, and progressing key deliverables.

This important subgroup consists of a core group of employers, including representatives from NDA, NNL, EDF, BEIS, Cavendish, Babcock, Prospect Trade Union and MOD. The subgroup therefore represents both the civil and defence sectors; it is chaired by Miranda Kirschel on behalf of Women In Nuclear (WiN).

The group has identified three main areas of activity:

Dashboard and metrics
• Identification of current industry position on gender, broken down by level, discipline and by entry route.
• Development of a generic dashboard, which could be fed by individual company dashboards
• Modelling of potential and actual impact of interventions

• Review of existing work of going on across the sector and other illustrations of good practice
• Collation of potential interventions into three areas, Attraction, Retention and Industry Guidance
• Prioritisation and phasing of interventions

Scope and accountability
• Clarity of the diversity commitment under Nuclear Sector Deal, agreement of organisations in-scope for the targets
• Review of the delivery landscape and a proposal for delivery structure
• Approach to accountability and governance

The Group will launch the Roadmap at the NIA Annual Conference in December.