Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

17 Jan 2022

Mentoring with the UK-France Young Women in Nuclear group

We spoke to Beccy Pleasant, Head of Nuclear Industry Strategic Support at the NSSG, and Carole Lopez, Safety Manager at Assystem about their experience taking part in a mentoring programme with the UK-France Young Women in Nuclear group.

Beccy Pleasant
Head of Nuclear Industry Strategic Support

I got asked to help with Mentoring for the UK-France Young Women in Nuclear group back in March last year. I am a firm believer in the power of mentoring, supporting women in the industry and giving back, so it was an easy decision for me.

I was partnered with Carole from Assystem in France. Carole is a safety manager, and as a professional skills and L&D person I did wonder how much I would be able to support her.
At our first meeting we talked about areas that we might work on together. There were a number of possibilities from understanding the nature of the nuclear sector in our respective countries, to managing change that are apparently universal, so we ended up having plenty to talk about. Our relationship has covered Carole moving into a new role, moving to a new region in France and getting a promotion. It has been great to be there to talk through all of these exciting opportunities.

It has been really interesting for me, to find out more about the French Nuclear sector, working for a contractor organisation in France, and career paths and progression through more technical roles. It has been a pleasure getting to know Carole, and observe her career development over the last 12 months.
Unfortunately, we have had to meet only virtually, as a face to face in Paris, or Lyon would have been very much appreciated! But it has worked well, and I will hope to stay connected beyond our formal mentoring arrangement.
I’d recommend mentoring, it’s not a massive commitment for very great gain. I’ll offer my support again as the scheme relaunches, you can find out more here…. Whether as a potential laureate or as a mentor for a colleague in France.

Carole Lopez
Safety Manager at Assystem

I was a laureate from the first edition of the UK-France Women in Nuclear partnership. The main objective of the initiative is to learn more about nuclear sector and to create an international professional network.
I had the chance to have a mentor in 2021 and to have interesting discussions with Beccy Pleasant who is the head of nuclear skills strategy in ECITB in UK.

2021 was a period of great transition in my career. This mentorship allowed me to share my concerns and to be more confident on my professional abilities. It was also the opportunity to learn more about UK nuclear sector and to share our vision on current energy issues in Europe. I warmly recommend the international mentorship!

To find out more about The UK-France Women in Nuclear partnership is a mentoring programme, please see the expression of interest form over on their website