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ECITB strengthens its team with new dedicated Sector Manager for Nuclear

09 July 2015/Categories: Media News

ECITB strengthens its team with new dedicated Sector Manager for Nuclear

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Barrett as the new Sector Manager Nuclear for the ECITB. Steve brings over 10 years’ experience pioneering a wide variety of skills initiatives and programmes with Magnox, National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN), Babcock International Group and Thales UK.

Commenting on the new appointment Andy Brown director Regional Operations said:

“Steve comes with a strong background in developing Learning & Development (L&D) solutions at a strategic level for large nuclear projects and has worked for a variety of nuclear companies over the last 10 years. He will be taking on the responsibility of co-ordinating and leading on the engagement of all industry nuclear stakeholders and ensuring the ECITB offer meets the needs of the decommissioning and new build sector. Steve will be making contact with relevant stakeholders soon after he starts and will support the work we are engaged in with the Nuclear Energy Skills Alliance and Nuclear Industrial Partnership.”

During his time at Magnox Barrett led several strategic L&D projects focussed on transitioning the organisation from an operations to decommissioning - including the development of the Sizewell A Skills Strategy; implementation of a common Authorisation System, and collaborative procurement of a joint Learning Management System with NNL. Steve also applied his passion for learning to himself, achieving various qualifications as part of his own development, including his PGCMS, PGDMS and MBA.

At NSAN Steve led on the Skills Academy’s STEM and professional institute relations, sitting on the EngineeringUK Business and Improvement Panel, the Nuclear Institute’s

Education and Training Committee and Accreditation Working Group developing professional routes to Chartership.

Steve also led the successful Babcock bid for the outsourcing of URENCO’s Managed Training Service as well as supporting EDF’s new build programme through training consultancy services. He played a key role in the Cavendish Flour Partnership bid for the successful Magnox/RSRL PBO contract; analysing and defining training requirements through life to final site clearance. More recently with Thales UK Barrett has managed the EDF NNB GenCo and the Atomic Weapons Establishment Accounts, developing consultancy business across the Critical National Infrastructure.

On joining the ECITB, Steve commented:

“The ECITB has successfully engaged with Industry employers, skills working groups and Government to deliver value through effective Levy utilisation and access to cross sector knowledge and experience. I look forward to the opportunity to fully integrating the ECITB as an industry key strategic partner; enabling initiatives that support the competency requirements across new build and decommissioning - ensuring the UK can deliver a safe compliant nuclear energy programme.”

Prior to joining the Nuclear sector Steve spent 16 years in the Armed Forces in various roles including international humanitarian aid projects internationally. After leaving the services he also set up and ran his own successful training business for three years and spent time in an operations training & management role in the FMCG sector.

ECITB Nuclear Portfolio

The ECITB is supporting the New Build nuclear sector by helping to develop relevant training products and services, growing the training provider network and working to develop local supply chain capacity.

The ECITB is also helping to set standards, especially in key areas such as Project Control. Sellafield has played an integral part the development of these standards. Standards are being produced for Levels 2, 3, and 5 and cover all key elements of the role including: estimating, planning, scheduling, risk review, budget creation and cost control through to monitoring, reporting, trends and forecasting and all associated processes such as quality, change control and ethics

In decommissioning, the ECITB is supporting the sector through grant aided training that supports Site Licensed Companies to comply with ONR Site Licence Conditions 10 and 12 and meet their obligations to the NDA. Typically this includes safety training, environmental protection, cost efficiency and transferability of skills.

In 2014 ECITB supported 30,872 learners across the decommissioning sector including 65 apprentices. The ECITB also helps to accredit nuclear specific internal training courses and helps with the transition of staff from the nuclear decommissioning sector to the wider engineering construction industry.

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