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New Nuclear Gateway platform launched today

04 December 2017

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) of employers, alongside the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) have today launched a new industry-led web-based platform called  Nuclear Gateway.

The Nuclear Gateway system means that nuclear companies with oversubscribed graduate and apprentice programmes can provide candidates that they are unable to employ, with the opportunity to register and promote themselves to other nuclear companies.

Organisations with trainee vacancies can then search the system for people that meet their needs, and contact the individual to progress their application.

Importantly, all registered candidates will have successfully already completed part of the recruitment process with a nuclear organisation. The system means that recruiting companies can search for, and engage directly with the next generation of talented and pre-qualified individuals looking for apprentice or graduate recruitment opportunities. They are provided with a timely and cost effective route to talented individuals who are passionate about a career in nuclear.

Beccy Pleasant, NSSG Head of Nuclear Skills, said:

“TRS provides a non-commercial platform which furthers collaboration on skills. We’ve got an overpopulated pipeline is some areas, and really struggle with early talent in others. This provides a brilliant matching service – and opens up all sorts of other opportunities from boosting diversity to supporting women returners to sector transferees. Taking this project from concept to delivery, on behalf of the NSSG, has been very exciting.”

Mark Rouse, Business Director – Japan, Cavendish Nuclear and NSSG added,

Each year due to this oversubscription, the industry loses potentially highly skilled and motivated individuals to other sectors.  Their applications, while not being suitable for one particular selection process, could greatly benefit another employer in the sector or its supply chain.”

“The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group recognises that the sector offers a very attractive career proposition for young people, and that pooling such candidates will lead to greater opportunities for young people, and more talent within the sector.”

Jo Tipa, Managing Director of NSAN said:

The Nuclear Gateway system will help to retain individuals who are looking to have a career in nuclear by enabling them to showcase themselves to more nuclear organisations. For companies, the system provides direct access to motivated candidates, offers reduced recruitment costs and increased efficiency.”

A number of stakeholders are already committed to developing the Nuclear Gateway system, including those that might refer candidates and those that are looking to pick them up across the civil nuclear and defence platforms.  Stakeholders include Magnox Ltd, Sellafield Ltd, Gen2, nucleargraduates, EDF Energy, NIS Ltd, Bridgwater College, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The new Nuclear Gateway will aid the nuclear industry by actively retaining and re-deploying talented individuals within the industry.  The system will aid in delivering the identified replacement and expansion demand of 7000 FTEs per annum required for the planned nuclear civil and defence programme in the UK, as identified in the Nuclear Workforce Assessment.

The platform has been developed as part of the wider Talent Retention Solution (TRS) which supports the attraction, retention and redeployment of skills across a range of sectors.  Its development has been supported financially by the NDA, as part of their wider commitment to the utilisation of TRS across the NDA group.