Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

28 Sep 2020

Nuclear Bursary Open

This round of the Nuclear Bursary is focussed on providing training support to individuals working in nuclear that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be challenging situation for employers and employees across the UK nuclear industry.  This Nuclear Bursary round will provide financial support for training to those that have been furloughed or made redundant from a company working in the nuclear sector, as well as supporting employees of SMEs[1] looking to upskill or develop new skills.  The bursary is also available to support graduates and apprentices who are at risk of redundancy or need further support due to the effects of Covid-19.

The Nuclear Bursary Scheme, managed by NSAN and funded by the NDA and ECITB, supports the delivery of a number of the NSSG’s

This round will also support the delivery of the Nuclear Sector Deal, which aims to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the UK nuclear supply chain, reduce barriers to entry and encourage SMEs to enter the sector.

The Nuclear Bursary will provide a financial contribution towards the cost of programmes of study relevant to the UK nuclear industry or associated costs for the course completion.

Relevant programmes of study supported include Higher Level short courses, First Degree and Post-Graduate programmes, CPD qualifications and workforce development.

Given the current social distancing measures in place due to the Covid-19 restrictions, applications are welcome from people embarking on courses/training that are delivered in a Covid secure/friendly way.

Jo Tipa, Managing Director of NSAN, commented:
“This Nuclear Bursary round will help those impacted within our industry by the current pandemic by not only contributing to their personal development, but by hopefully providing a stepping-stone, through training/upskilling, to a continued career in the nuclear sector.  In these uncertain times, it is great to be to be able to offer financial support for training and we would like to thank the NDA and ECITB for their continuation of funding for the Bursary.  As the go-to-place for skills for nuclear, NSAN is committed to providing support to the nuclear industry through this difficult period.”

Corhyn Parr, Chair of NSSG, commented:
“The NSSG remain committed to supporting individuals and organisations in their ongoing development, and given the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in, we feel it is appropriate to prioritise applications to those who are most affected by the crisis. The NSSG overall objective is to support the timely attraction, development and retention of a diverse workforce and supply chain.  The continued support from the NDA, NSAN and the ECITB in delivering bursaries is very much appreciated during these challenging times.” 

 Jacq Longrigg, Group Head of Capability & Capacity of the NDA, commented:
“We acknowledge that this is a period of uncertainty, however we have to continue to deliver the decommissioning mission for the UK, this means that we need a pipeline of skilled individuals at all levels and across our supply chain, if you have been affected financially by Covid 19 but have the opportunity to continue with your training or enhance your skills over the coming months we would encourage you to do so.  We are committed to supporting individuals and small businesses in developing your capability and capacity through skills development and encourage you to apply for the financial support we can offer through the bursary scheme.”

Chris Claydon, CEO of ECITB, commented:
“The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is posing major challenges for employers, learners and providers across the Engineering Construction Industry. The ECITB stands committed to helping the engineering construction industry and has put in place several interventions to support organisations during the crisis.  Some organisations are facing economic pressures which means they are struggling to support the development of their workforce.  We are therefore, in this round of bursaries, prioritising application to support those organisations most affected by the pandemic, particularly on-line development programmes where face to face development is more difficult.”

The deadline for applications: 30th October 2020 (4pm)


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[1] SME – Small, Medium sized Enterprise working in nuclear

[2] Nuclear Skills Strategy Group