Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

07 Feb 2020

Ready, steady, go! Decision-makers plan next steps to deliver Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap

The NSSG and WiN UK came together for a meeting of the Nuclear Sector Gender Roadmap delivery group in February.

There has been overwhelming support for the Roadmap since its launch in December 2019. We now have 100s of individuals and companies who have signed up to the Gender Commitment, pledging their support to the Nuclear Sector Deal target of a 40% female workforce in nuclear by 2030.

Signatories include Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who shared a really inspiring video of his signing the commitment at the annual Women in Nuclear UK conference on 29th January 2020.

The delivery group will now develop the Roadmap into a clear delivery plan with action owners and milestones, alongside a means for tracking and measuring progress against it.

This first successful meeting included some great discussion and debate on how best to take the Roadmap forward. It culminated in the following key decisions and actions being taken to start to drive delivery:

Roadmap delivery to form key part of WiN UK Strategy

The Roadmap sets out a plan of action across five themes - Attraction, Retention, Indicators, Industry Guidance and Enablers. These are very closely aligned to the WiN UK mission and objectives around attraction, retention and dialogue. Hence it was agreed that the strategy for delivering the Roadmap will form a key part of the overall WiN UK strategy which will be refreshed with the new WiN UK Executive Board over the coming weeks.

Capture of in-flight initiatives required to identify best leads and approaches

We recognise that there are a large number of bodies who are already leading some fantastic initiatives that promote diversity and gender balance across the industry. This includes NSSG members, WiN UK Regional teams, WiN Charter signatory companies and other Women in STEM bodies e.g. WISE, WES, Women in Defence etc. The delivery group will collate and share this best practice and use it to assign leads and optimised approaches to each of our key delivery objectives. This information will also help to identify initiatives which are having the most impact and therefore what we might want to prioritise. 

Targeted, consistent and frequent data capture

We already have a baseline data set which was developed as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal and identified that women currently are 22% of the UK’s nuclear industry’s workforce. We will use this data to identify any key differences across the regions and where we might therefore tailor initiatives in order to address regional specific challenges. We also agreed to set up a data working group to develop a common dashboard to measure progress against KPIs which will flow down from the key metrics agreed as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal. Key targets include 50% female apprenticeship starts by 2021 and 30% female Exec members by 2030.

The group plan to meet again in around 6 weeks’ time to review progress and agree next steps. Going forward the delivery of the Roadmap will sit with WiN UK and the NSSG member companies with the current delivery group will perform more of an advisory role.

On the road...pictured are: Beccy Pleasant, Lynsey Valentine, Kirsty Hewitson, Stacey Hatch, Steve Bennett, Sheila Rae, Lindsay Edmiston, John Davis, Jonathan Brooks, Hugo Herrera and Helen Higgs