The UK is entering a new stage in its nuclear history, providing unprecedented opportunities in the industry. Worldwide investment in new nuclear is set to hit a staggering £930 billion across the next 20 years, with 12 new reactors planned for the UK alone. Add to this a growing decommissioning portfolio, plus the delivery of the Dreadnought class nuclear submarines and the development of Small Modular Reactors, and the result is a huge surge of nuclear investment that is predicted to create up to 100,000 jobs over the next decade.
The challenges are significant. There is an urgent need to build a qualified and experienced skills base capable of meeting the demands of this growing nuclear sector. This is where our students and industry partners enter the frame.
The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) forms a cornerstone of the Government’s response to this growth. A partnership between industry, national regulators, skills bodies and training providers, it is set to revolutionise the way that training for the nuclear sector is delivered, whilst ensuring that the UK maintains its enviable global reputation for expert workers and top quality, safe operations.
At the NCfN, our approach to teaching and training is hands on and innovative. Through a combination of classroom learning and practical experience at our facilities, and those of our industry partners, we produce rounded and capable young professionals who have the skills and behaviours needed to deliver the UK’s nuclear challenges. Based on the experience they gain with us, our students will be able to develop into world class experts.