This month NSAN celebrates 15 years of supporting the UK nuclear industry as the go-to organisation for their nuclear skills training.

To mark this significant milestone, NSAN organised a celebratory reception at the House of Lords, hosted by the Baroness of Cambridge for all members and stakeholders.

Coinciding with the anniversary, NSAN has launched the Nuclear Training Network. The Nuclear Training Network combines the NSAN eLearning with the High-Quality Provider Network, providing companies looking for nuclear related training with one go-to-place for a solution. The network offers a variety of courses covering all skills for nuclear, with delivery formats for distance, face-to-face and in-house delivery. All providers who are part of the Nuclear Training Network are committed to delivering to the
requirements of nuclear companies, in terms of safety, behaviours, culture and security.

The event was formally opened by The Baroness Brown of Cambridge who welcomed everyone to the event and included a special address by Dame Sue Ion, NSAN’s Honorary President, who welcomed the news that Sizewell C has just been given the go-ahead from the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the autumn statement.

Jo Tipa touched on the current energy crisis and the urgent need to have a secure energy supply, highlighting that skills for nuclear will be imperative to meet the high levels of recruitment required and to upskill the new and existing workforce. NSAN as the go-to-place for skills for nuclear is ready to support organisations.

Established in November 2007, NSAN has proven expertise of working in collaboration with nuclear employers, training providers and other strategic stakeholders to provide solutions to skills needs identified.

The event featured several NSAN’s member companies, who spoke about their experiences of working with NSAN.

Richard McMeekin, from the Ministry of Defence highlighted the networking enabled by NSAN and the positive effect that the UK Nuclear Skills Awards, arranged in collaboration with Cogent Skills, has on nominees.

Adam Ellis from Rolls-Royce SMR detailed how NSAN is supporting their onboarding through the GAIN programme and their decision to use the Skills Assured Competency Management system.

Greg Willetts from Jacobs detailed how NSAN has worked with their organisation to provide an organisational specific version of the GAIN programme – Jacobs New to Nuclear.

Donna Connor from Sellafield highlighted the support that Sellafield have had through the NSAN EPAO service and our role in developing standards.

Sarah Lodge and Mark Sykes from Beehive Coaching and Leadership Development Ltd spoke about the benefits that membership brings to providers, particularly the links and expertise that NSAN provides to enable companies to better prepare for tailored nuclear provision.

Jo Tipa commented.

“As the UK accelerates towards a low-carbon, energy independent future. Nuclear power is a key part of the UK’s energy mix, helping to boost our energy independence, and investing in nuclear as a clean energy technology of the future.

NSAN has been an important partner to the nuclear industry over the past fifteen years, and through our approach of working
collaboratively with companies and providers, we have delivered on a number of initiatives that has enabled us to be the go-to-place for skills for nuclear.

Looking to the future, there are still challenges ahead that will only be addressed through maintaining this collaborative approach. NSAN has an important role in facilitating this and providing a value-added service.

The NSAN team, and their dedication to supporting and working with organisations are a valuable resource that our members can
utilise to ensure a package of total support.”

Some of NSAN’s highlights

NSAN has successfully delivered several skills initiatives that are in use by the sector, some of which include.

Supporting Competency Assessment

Skills Assured is an online, industry-developed system that enables organisations to securely assess, verify, record and showcase the competence, training and qualifications of their employees.

Supporting the induction of new entrants to the sector

Triple Bar Programmes – short courses that provide an efficient way of ensuring new entrants understand the requirements for compliance, nuclear awareness and industry behaviours. The Triple Bar for Existing Sites has become one of the most popular courses with organisations using the course to form part of their new starter inductions.

GAIN Programme – Building on the Award for Nuclear Industry Awareness qualification, GAIN has been designed to ease the transition and prepare new entrants for working in the nuclear industry. With versions for apprentice, graduate and mixed cohort intakes, GAIN is suitable for all job roles.

Digital Platforms

The eLearning Network – upgraded in February 2021 the eLearning Network houses online training courses and enables the sharing of training and learning materials by companies to supply chain companies across the sector.

The Knowledge Hub – a new platform launched in May of this year, the Knowledge Hub provides access to practical or strategic information around skills for nuclear, the latest government and industry developments, new opportunities, or related culture issues to help organisations tackle their skills challenges.