As the building of the new National College for Nuclear (NCfN) is nearing completion, part of the delivery team visited the EDF Energy Campus at Cannington Court to gain some experience using EDF Energy's simulators. Cannington Court is used by EDF Energy to train their employees about the company, its culture and its values. The buildings which were once part of a monastery, now have state-of-the-art training facilities.
During the visit the team was hosted by John Butler who gave a tour of Campus and gave a demonstration on specialist training software. The software is designed to put plant operators into different scenarios to test their ability to cope with different situations as they arise. It simulates the operation of an AGR (Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor), like the one at Hinkley B, and can train operatives to carry out switching operations to output power on the National Grid. John also showed the team the PWR (Pressurised Water Reactor) software, which will be very similar to the system being built at Hinkley C. The NCfN team are looking forward to working with John and EDF to train the new generation of operatives.