Nuclear sector employers have created a new model for the development and delivery of the UK nuclear skills strategy.
It is clear that only a UK wide partnership approach between Government, industry, training providers and the various skills bodies can address the skills challenge which the industry faces. A key feature of the new model is a Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG), consisting of the Government and the employers who have both the plans and expenditure which drive the major developments in the sector.
The NSSG will become the UK’s lead strategic skills forum for the sector, taking over responsibility from the Nuclear Industry Council’s Skills Workstream. It represents both the civil and defence nuclear sectors and will be accountable for developing a nuclear skills strategy, addressing the skills infrastructure, processes and the training provision needed to secure the required supply of qualified and competent personnel.
In support of the new NSSG will be a Programme Delivery Board (PDB), that will co-ordinate and integrate an overall delivery plan for the sector. This body will provide a mechanism for aligning to the NSSG strategy all existing and future actions, products and services developed by both private and public bodies. The PDB will also commission Labour Market Intelligence and oversee solutions from appropriate bodies and ensure their quality. The NSSG has asked Cogent Skills to provide a strategic support service to help them in their work