The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) welcomes the publication of the UK Government’s “Building Our Industrial Strategy” Green Paper.
The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) welcomes the publication of the UK Government’s “Building Our Industrial Strategy” Green Paper, which sets out a refreshed, active role for government in supporting businesses to grow the economy across the UK.
In particular we welcome the recognition that sectors have their own needs, and look forward to continuing to take a leading role on skills through the work on the nuclear sector deal, led by Lord Hutton.
Fiona Rayment, Chair of the NSSG, said “we have been working for some time with all parts of the nuclear sector, and in consultation with government, to develop our Strategic Skills Plan that we launched last month. We support the government’s view that a skilled workforce is one of the keys to productivity and business growth. We recognise that the “ten pillars” of the Industrial Strategy interlink, and that as we improve nuclear skills through sectoral policies, we simultaneously drive up scientific research and innovation, build infrastructure, provide affordable low carbon energy for the economy and provide economic growth in many different parts of the UK.
“We are already concentrating on some of the specific issues raised in the Skills section of the Industrial Strategy, such as helping employers to develop the breadth and depth of qualifications and skills standards and provision to meet their needs.
“It is particularly important to ensure our education system drives STEM skills, improving the pool of people for technical roles in our sector, and we are pleased to see the focus on this in the Industrial Strategy.
“Our planning has a firm basis in the Nuclear Workforce Assessment, which has highlighted potential future skills gaps and we appreciate government support to ensuring that this remains central to the strategic approach.”
The NSSG will be preparing a formal response to the Green Paper during the consultation period between now and April, using the key areas identified within our Nuclear Skills