The ECITB and Nuclear Institute at Big Bang

14 March 2016/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016

Leading skills organisation, the ECITB in collaboration with the Nuclear Institute, the professional learned association for the nuclear industry, are hosting a fun engaging and interactive stand with activities to showcase some the unique challenges, technologies and career opportunities involved in nuclear energy.

The Big Bang Fair is the culmination of National Apprenticeship week and is the UK's largest celebration of science and engineering showing young people the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  The event is held at the Birmingham NEC on 15-19 March 2016 and is primarily aimed at to 7-19 year-olds.

Included on the joint ECITB and Nuclear Institute stand are 3 ROV Robots – controlled by 7 inch tablets with an app, a thermal imaging camera on an IPad synced to computer monitors, 2 glove boxes with challenging games inside, a 16 inch diameter plasma ball and 2 Robosapien Interactive robots.

Commenting on the event, Chris Claydon, chief executive, ECITB said;

“This is a great opportunity for the ECITB and the Nuclear Institute to engage with students about the benefits of nuclear energy and the exciting careers that are available throughout our industry.  Through this collaboration we are aiming to enthuse the next generation of engineers and promote career options to support the major programmes across the entire engineering construction industry including new nuclear power build, operations and decommissioning.”

John Warden, chief executive of the Nuclear Institute, said : 

“The Nuclear Institute is excited to continue its collaboration with the ECITB in attending the Big Bang once more in 2016. This event is of vital importance in encouraging students and parents to explore the possibilities offered by STEM careers in the nuclear industry and addressing the future skills needs of the UK nuclear sector.”

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet apprentices and graduates and staff from the ECITB and Nuclear Institute who are on hand to give insights and advice about the industry. Through this young people will have the opportunity to see and understand some of the main elements of aspects of the nuclear industry to understand how interesting and varied career opportunities can be.

The Big Bang is a nationwide programme of national, regional and local events led by EngineeringUK aiming to engage and reward young minds with STEM backgrounds and to build a bright future for the UK’s economy.


Notes to editors:

Avril Goodenough
Corporate Affairs Team
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

E: Avril.Goodenough@ecitb.org.uk

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Established in 1991, the ECITB’s mission is ‘Securing Engineering Construction Skills now and for the future’. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. The ECITB has a global footprint and supports clients in 18 countries, providing engineering and project delivery skills across the energy, processing and construction sectors. The ECITB works closely with employers and governments to attract develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines. Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported 1.4 million learners. For more information please visit www.ecitb.org.uk

About the Nuclear Institute

The Nuclear Institute is the UK membership organisation and professional body for all who work in the nuclear sector, maintaining the standards of professionalism and helping the careers of members through continued learning, networking and professional registration. 

The Nuclear Institute contributes to public understanding of nuclear energy through government consultations, public lectures, resources and school visits throughout the UK.