Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

05 Dec 2019

Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap and Employer Gender Commitment launched at NIA Annual Conference

As part of the leadership strand of the People Stream in the Nuclear Sector Deal , the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group together with Women in Nuclear UK  (WiN UK) have launched both a Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap and Nuclear Sector Gender Commitment.

The launch of the Roadmap is taking place at Nuclear 19, The Nuclear Industry Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference. It sets out a plan of action across five themes - Attraction, Retention, Indicators, Industry Guidance and Enablers, is sector-owned and is accompanied by a Commitment Pledge which sees employers, companies and individuals pledging their support to the Nuclear Sector Deal commitment target of a 40% female workforce by 2030.

 Dr Fiona Rayment OBE, NSSG Chair and Director NIRO (NNL) said:

This new Gender Roadmap represents an important programme of activity between now and 2030. It summarises a series of achievable interventions which we believe will enable the 40% female workforce target set out in our Sector Deal. Gender is just one element of our diversity and we will not stop until our workforce genuinely reflects the diversity of the UK population, and that we support our entire workforce in being the ‘best that they can be’.  NSSG members are committed to this programme – our sector requires large numbers of highly competent people and it makes no sense to restrict our recruitment to exclusive pockets of our population.” 

Jack Gritt, President WiN UK, Executive Board WiN Global said:

“We are now in a position where no one disputes that we should be attracting and retaining people from all communities and backgrounds, and that our workforce should represent the diversity of the UK society.  WiN UK has been working tirelessly for the last 5 years to improve gender balance in our sector as part of the overall aim of improving diversity.  What has not been so clear is how we achieve this balance and the targets set within the Nuclear Sector Deal. We have therefore worked together with the NSSG to develop the Gender Roadmap in the hope it will provide guidance and support for everyone in our industry to achieve the desired outcomes. We are delighted to be launching this campaign and making this document available to the entire nuclear sector and look forward to reporting on progress as we strive to change our sector’s DNA.” 

 Lynsey Valentine, President (designate) WiN UK said:

“The NSSG and Women in Nuclear UK have both been striving to achieve a more diverse workforce for a number of years. Attitudes are moving on. We know that a workforce that is made up of different types people has a greater diversity of thought – which can only be truly harnessed through the creation of an inclusive environment.  We’re delighted to launch this important Gender Roadmap which will be supported by a number of partner delivery organisations. Importantly it is also accompanied by an Industry Commitment to be signed by senior leaders across our entire sector which we are also launching today.”   

Key Roadmap activities and milestones:


  • 2020: 20% Women in nuclear
  • 2021: 50% Female apprentice starts
  • 2030: 40% Women in nuclear


  • Coordinated and structured career engagement activity
  • Recruitment of Ambassadors and role models
  • Inclusive materials/resource bank to support attraction activity


  • Influencing attendance and content at industry events
  • Supporting mentoring programmes
  • Analysing female attrition
  • Career progression sponsorship


  • Recruitment & retention guidance suite
  • ED&I maturity assessment
  • D&I support for existing workforce
  • Curating, signposting & identifying relevant support materials


  • Evidenced-based targeted action
  • Communications, signposting and promotional activity
  • Fully resourced delivery plan
  • Sharing best practice in all areas of diversity & inclusivity

The publication is available to download here.

Sector Commitment

Alongside the launch of the Roadmap, a high level Commitment Pledge is taking place on the main conference stage, and will see nuclear employers, companies and individuals pledging their support to the Nuclear Sector Deal commitment target of a 40% female workforce by 2030.

The Commitment recognises that a necessary implication for the Nuclear Sector Deal target is that the nuclear sector moves to gender balanced recruitment in the very near future.  

The Commitment will be rolled out to individual signatories and companies who will sign up to work with the sector to create the conditions to ensure a sufficiently balanced recruitment pipeline to increase the opportunity to meet the NSD target. The pledge recognises collaboration across the nuclear sector to ensure evidence-based action and sharing of best practice.