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UK civil nuclear industry backs National Apprenticeship Week

04 March 2019

The UK civil nuclear industry is supporting National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 4 – Friday 8 March). The nuclear industry employs around 2,000 apprentices up and down the country. National Apprenticeship Week presents the industry with the opportunity to celebrate the value of apprenticeships and the numerous opportunities on offer.

Nuclear provides highly skilled jobs in parts of the country where they are often hard to come by. The industry has committed to creating more opportunities to enter a career in nuclear. The Nuclear Industry Association’s members offer apprenticeships in numerous different disciplines including: pipefitting and welding, business management, designers in mechanical, electrical control and implementation, and laboratory technicians.

The nuclear industry has had a long history in investing in its workforce through apprenticeships, in fact there are companies that have been employing apprentices for over 60 years.

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“This week is all about celebrating all our apprentices in the industry – from those starting out in their career to those who have left their apprenticeship schemes and continued a career in nuclear.

“There are currently 2,000 apprentices employed in civil nuclear roles in the UK. It’s really important that we continue to train and invest in the next generation of nuclear workers. I want to take this opportunity to encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship in nuclear.

“We recognise we have much more to do to replace our ageing workforce. As part of the Nuclear Sector Deal, the industry is committed to creating additional apprenticeship starts in the supply chain and has also committed to a target of 50% female participation in apprenticeships by 2021.”



Notes to editors

The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 250 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at or @niauk.

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