In January 2015 the ECITB and Nuclear Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), focused primarily on education and skills. This MOU will form the basis for collaboration in a range of areas including career pathways, utilising the NI’s Nuclear Delta and the ECITB’s Career Pathways Route Map (CPRM) for a range of learners, from apprentices through technicians to professional candidates.
The two organisations will also be collaborating in the development of educational resources.
The ECITB has sponsored the Arkwright Scholarship programme for many years to encourage the development of interest in nuclear careers. Since 2004 we have assisted over 80 students through the programme across a range of ECI sectors, including nuclear. Over the next two years we are supporting 11 students with a nuclear education focus on the Arkwright scholarship programme.
In 2013, a funding proposal developed by UK engineering firm Doosan Babcock resulted in the Government and the ECITB committing a total of £5m to help upskill engineers and attract new talent.
This funding has fuelled essential training and innovative new projects. So far over 225 current and aspiring engineers have directly benefited from the investment, learning vital skills that will help bolster the UK’s industrial economy in the future. Many of these new skills will be deployed in the new build programme for nuclear, in line with industry demand.
Nearly 100 of the individuals who joined the Engineering Construction Welding programme were previously unemployed and can now look forward to a bright future in which their skills are in continual demand.
In 2015 the ECITB successfully delivered on over 90% of our objectives within the NESA Delivery Plan with the remainder in progress and nearing completion. The programme continues to work collaboratively across all skills bodies engaged in the nuclear sector, delivering key initiatives that provide valuable skills solutions to the sector.
Understanding labour market intelligence, specifically supply and demand across the sector remains a challenge. The Nuclear Workforce Assessment was launched at the House of Commons on 24 November 2015, following months of data analysis and collaboration with NSAN, Cogent SSC, MoD, Manchester University and CITB to produce the most comprehensive report to date. Working with empirical data and consulting in-scope companies, the ECITB have assessed the current ECI skills landscape to develop this report which provides a good indication of the national skills challenge for the industry to inform strategic skills fora and potential new suppliers entering the market.
As part of the ECITB’s commitment to supporting skills for Nuclear we are running a pilot programme offering support to experienced Project Managers looking to gain professional recognition. The programme selection has been completed with an overwhelming response from both the supply chain and Site Licence Companies. There are 19 senior project managers commencing the programme on 19 January 2016. The ECITB is supporting the entire cost of the programme with a view to establishing improved project management skills across the sector ahead of major programmes in decommissioning and new build. If successful the ECITB will continue to roll out the programme in future years contributing to the sector achieving excellence in managing projects.
The ECITB is working strategically with EDF Energy on the Hinkley Pint C project to support the development of skills requirements and demand profiling throughout the lifetime of the project. The scope of work includes the development of a competency and qualifications matrix in collaboration with Tier 1 contractors and EDFE’s Employment Affairs Unit in order to satisfy the Regulators that M&E skills and competency are of a level that are commensurate to working on a nuclear licensed site. We are also working on STEM engagement and addressing the gender imbalance with EDF in order to attract the right people for the right roles and leave a positive legacy following construction and into operations.
Our joint aim is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including the CITB to maximise retention and develop a strong safety culture throughout the supply chain.
The ECITB is a stakeholder in the plans for a National College for Nuclear. A range of work will be carried out based on the College's requirements.
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