We’ve all heard the plans for the commencement of Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C alongside the completion of Sizewell B and Hartlepool Gen among various other UK-wide projects, all offering a variety of jobs in nuclear. However, whilst uncertainties exist in the timing of these new and existing major civil and defence activities, it’s clear there is a programme of work to be carried out that covers many decades, hence the need to plan for the future demand of specific skills.
Below is a timeline based on the Nuclear Skills Strategic Plan, which presents the latest published plans for major nuclear milestones (at the time of publication). Obviously, industry planning extends beyond the range shown below, but is not considered significant for the industry-wide skills planning at this stage.
The above timeline is essential in highlighting the major nuclear milestones in order to get an idea of the scope of each operation and to prepare for the skills required in years to come. We already know there is a lack of experienced workers due to 70% of managers in the UK’s nuclear industry being close to retirement. Nevertheless, plans are being put in place with more focus being put on STEM subjects as well as emphasising that no matter what brand of engineering you work within, your skills are transferable to role in nuclear.
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