Skills for the nuclear industries and defence were under the spotlight at an Academy workshop on 5 December, which brought together 70 stakeholders from civil and defence nuclear engineering, along with representatives of the engineering educational providers and others interested in the provision of engineering skills across the nuclear industries. The aim of the day was to foster communication on this issue between the various stakeholders, get a clear picture of the issues in each sector and understand national and local work that is currently being undertaken to address them.

The meeting discussed skills challenges in both nuclear power generation and these are likely to become more pronounced in the future. Given the renaissance of the UK civil nuclear programme, all sectors know that they will be competing for skilled employees from a relatively small pool of talent and experience. Failure to keep the demand and supply of nuclear skills in balance could have serious consequences in areas of strategic national interest.

The meeting agreed that there is a requirement for a truly planned and co-ordinated approach to the identification, quantification, development and delivery of the engineering skills base at every level. Further work to take this forward is being scoped.

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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