Boosting nuclear knowledge in schools to build workforce of the future

NSSG members have partnered with curriculum specialists Developing Experts to create range of tools for teachers and students. The resources...

NSSG members have partnered with curriculum specialists Developing Experts to create range of tools for teachers and students.

The resources are designed to help young people increase their “science capital” before embarking on the careers. Leading employers – including National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls Royce, Cavendish Nuclear, Nuclear Waste Services, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the Office for Nuclear Regulation, Frazer-Nash, EDF Energy and Magnox – are supporting the initiative.

So far, the tools have been delivered to more than 1,000 schools across the UK through an innovative online learning platform. They show young people from all backgrounds that what they learn in science lessons can apply directly to real careers in the nuclear sector, inspiring them to study Stem subjects and consider science-linked careers – which will, in turn, boost the UK’s long-term talent pipeline.

It achieves this through highlighting the real-world industrial applications of the science curriculum, introducing young people to the exciting opportunities available in nuclear and the wider science sector. The programme delivers these benefits on a scale no single organisation could achieve and since they were launched last term the resources have been met with a hugely positive response from students and teachers alike. More employers are now working with the NSSG to support and expand the programme.

Aside from increasing important technical know-how, these resources also challenge stereotypes and negative perceptions of the industry, as well as shining a much-needed light on the range of fulfilling nuclear careers available. Moreover, they have also been specifically designed to empower teachers with the confidence and knowledge to bring nuclear science into the classroom.

As a result of this work, thousands of young people have already seen first-hand how nuclear science is an exciting and vital part of the UK’s future economy. Harnessing the power of collaboration to demonstrate how studying science and related subjects can be pivotal in helping them secure a rewarding career in the future is also being demonstrated.

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