Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

04 Mar 2019

Status Update: Nuclear Sector Deal People Strand


The NSSG, as the nuclear industry-led strategic group, is responsible for delivering the Nuclear Sector Deal (NSD) Future Workforce theme. The aim is to ensure that the UK skill demand from the future nuclear civil and defence programme will be met through a highly skilled and diverse workforce.

The NSSG has introduced a Programme Delivery Structure, with leads for each of the five key themes set out in the Deal.  

This sees it working with partners who are best placed to deliver specific objectives in the plan.  The Delivery Structure outlines who is leading on what, themes and sub-themes and the key partners.

Progress so far includes:

  • Workstream Leads allocated for each Future Workforce theme
  • Clear Sub-themes identified within each broader theme, with leads allocated
  • Task and Finish groups established with terms of reference.
  • Task forms for each group identifying a) key deliverables b) their contribution to overall targets c) interim targets/KPIs
  • A cross-cutting Equality Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Task and Finish group working with each theme lead to integrate diversity targets in each area
  • Regular meetings established with work-stream leads
  • Dashboard developed to monitor and report progress
  • Success already in progress across theme areas

The Chair of the NSSG, Fiona Rayment represents the Future Workforce on the Programme Delivery Board, and our theme progress will be fed into the Programme Management Office.  This will enable areas of cross cutting themes and common interest to be identified to ensure alignment and integration between the themes.       

In December 2018, the NSSG launched its Strategic Plan Update outlining how the targets set out in the People element of the Nuclear Sector Deal will be delivered. This will maintain a focus on existing programmes which are successfully underway across: 

  1. Enhanced skills leadership: recognition of the NSSG’s leadership in taking forward the critical People agenda. It also embraces the annual refresh of the Nuclear Workforce Assessment - comprehensive national labour-force data for the nuclear industry in the UK.
  2. Local apprenticeships: This includes maximising the use of the Apprenticeship Levy to deliver additional apprenticeship starts at a local level, supporting regional skills development in key nuclear locations (South West, North West, East and Wales).
  3. Staying at the cutting edge: To deliver essential high-level skills and nuclear Subject Matter Expertise and support the replacement many of the experts who joined the sector during its last renaissance. And the development of a Level 8 Technical Specialist Apprenticeship Standard, one of the first at the PhD level.
  4. Sector transferability: To bring people with alternative thinking and skills sets e.g. from other sectors. This will be supported by the development of bespoke programmes that underpin the transitioning between sectors, also including civil and defence.
  5. Exciting the next generation about nuclear: through targeted schools outreach, and industry collaboration in developing and sharing education and careers interventions. This includes dedicated career champions to work with the sector and ensure it is able to offer work experience placements for students in schools, further education and higher education.

 The NSSG has defined targets which will be tracked to measure progress, including those identified in the NSD: 

  • 50% female apprenticeship starts
  • increase from a 22% female workforce, to 40% by 2030. 

A range of additional benefits, and outcome/targets have been identified covering all theme areas as set out in the Strategic Plan Summary 

Future Workforce theme NSD updates will be regularly delivered through the NSSG Delivery Digest.

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