The purpose of this project is to identify and address the key risks to welding skills capability and capacity for the nuclear industry as it approaches a period of unparalleled growth. The objective of the project is to develop a plan comprising priority interventions that will help to resolve critical welding skills issues.
The United Kingdom is facing a potential shortage of skilled professionals in the radiation protection sector. Left untreated this could pose an increasing, risk to public health, the environment, the regulation of and success of the nation's nuclear industry. This project group has been established to make a number of recommendations aimed at attracting new candidates into the profession, encouraging mid-career transition into the sector, whilst facilitating the integration of people from diverse educational and social backgrounds and enhancing retention rates.
The safety case skills shortage, was identified by NSSG members as one of the 11 priority areas. It is classified as a nuclear skill, ie a skill required specifically as a result of nuclear activities.
The Task and Finish Group was established to define the problems, blockers and challenges associated with scarce skill professions and make recommendations about how identified problems could be solved and the skills gaps closed.