Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

27 Mar 2020

YGN take on Cost Reduction Summit Hackathon Challenge!


Robert Alford, Chair YGN Education, Attraction, Outreach subcommittee (Executive Assistant Group S&T Director NDA) led a fantastic Skills Summit “Hackathon” on the role of skills in achieving the nuclear sector's cost reduction targets.

The Nuclear Sector Deal states: to meet our Clean Growth ambitions, the nuclear sector faces a considerable challenge to reduce its costs across the life cycle, from new build to decommissioning and disposal of waste. It sets out an ambition for the nuclear sector to deliver a 30% reduction in the cost of new build projects by 2030 and savings of 20% in the cost of decommissioning compared with current estimates by 2030.

“Skills and skills policy are at the heart of the future needs of our sector and our economy, including productivity gap.”

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Robert was aided in completing this aided by Roxana O’Hara, Ian Hill, Andrew Smith and Matthew Agius.

The energetic group set out to explore how skills can support the productivity and cost reduction challenge in nuclear, speed- observing each of the summit groups and using the insights of the people in each of the theme areas to help to address their problem.

The hackathon participants presented their proposed solutions to the problem as part of the feedback session at the end of the day.  

A common theme running across all of the Groups was the need for diversity of people and thought in addressing this major challenge, including approaches used in other sectors.

Robert said: “To meet our Clean Growth ambitions, the nuclear sector faces a considerable challenge to reduce its costs across the life cycle. Putting our collective heads together to see what we might do in the skills space to support this challenge saw a big emphasis on innovation and doing things differently.”

The full findings will be published in a report covering all the key outputs from the Summit.

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