Monday, December 16, 2013

News: New course to prepare manufacturers for nuclear contracts

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The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing in Rotherham is to host a new national course that will provide manufacturing organisations looking to gain contracts from the nuclear new build projects across the UK, with an introduction to expectations required for working on nuclear contracts in terms of knowledge, quality and behaviours.

Launched by The National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing, which has a a dedicated team at the Nuclear AMRC facility based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park, The Triple Bar Nuclear Manufacturing (TBNM) course has been developed specifically for the manufacturing community by manufacturers and nuclear employers, the course provides an understanding of what differentiates nuclear from other industries.

The training is aimed at foundation level and is equally suited to new entrants to manufacturing, as well as long standing employees. The course will be of benefit to employees at all levels, but will be of particular benefit to product designers, those involved in manufacture, inspection, testing, sales, procurement or project management.

The course covers three key areas: Basic Nuclear Awareness, the history of the nuclear industry and its culture; Basic Nuclear Quality, covers nuclear quality requirements, and; Basic Nuclear Behaviours, covering the standards of behaviour expected.

From next month the course will be available at the state of the art AMRC Training Centre and trainers will also get out to deliver the programme at manufacturer's premises or suitable locations across the UK.

Dawn Vinall, business development manager for the National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing, said: "We have spent a year talking to companies within all tiers of the nuclear manufacturing supply chain and engaged first-class trainers, sourced through the University of Sheffield's AMRC Training Centre, to produce a unique Triple Bar programme that covers all the bases of nuclear awareness, quality and behaviours."

The Nuclear Industry Association recently announced their intention to establish a partnership involving developers, the supply chain and government to maximise opportunities for SMEs in the nuclear new build supply chain. It will direct manufacturers to the Nuclear AMRC, and particularly its Fit 4 Nuclear programme that helps companies measure their current operations against the standards required to supply the UK's new generation of nuclear power stations

The £25m Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative with industry, The University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, and is designed to help build and enhance the UK's civil nuclear new build industry.

Nuclear AMRC website

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