Thursday, July 28, 2011

News: Plans for Manufacturing Skills for Nuclear hub in Rotherham


A dedicated hub to help nuclear manufacturing companies ensure that their employees have the skills required to support business growth is a step nearer being created in Rotherham.

The Government has backed a bid to the £50m Growth and Innovation Fund by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear that would see them expand into the nuclear manufacturing sector.

The proposed National Skills Academy for Manufacturing for Nuclear will be a collaboration between the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, Semta/National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, and the Nuclear AMRC.

Based on the successful employer-led National Skills Academy model, the expansion will provide a dedicated hub at the Nuclear AMRC's facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

The hub will provide a single point of contact for employers about skills for nuclear manufacturing.

High priority training and skills products will be developed that are specific to the manufacturing companies and the employers will also be able to access a range of innovative support tools, developed by each of the key partners.

Further development of key training courses and qualifications will take place to support the up-skilling of manufacturers and the high quality provider network will be expanded into the nuclear manufacturing sector.

Dr Stephen Court, operations director at the Nuclear AMRC, said: "We are delighted to be part of this unique opportunity to focus on the skills challenges facing the nuclear manufacturing supply chain.

"By combining the knowledge, capabilities and strengths of the three main delivery partners, we can tackle the challenges around workforce skills, experience and behaviours, and help companies respond to the growing nuclear opportunity."

Jean Llewellyn OBE, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear added: "The opportunities for the manufacturing supply chain in this area are considerable from the UK alone, running into billions. Combine this with the global market share manufacturers in the UK could access and the importance of this sector in delivering high value exports becomes apparent.

"In addition, internationally there are major developments globally for new nuclear build that run into several 100 billion pounds. The National Skills Academy for Manufacturing for Nuclear will support the UK supply chain to ensure it is well placed and has the skilled workforce required to gain maximum value from this global renaissance."

The Nuclear AMRC is a joint initiative between the University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, and a consortium of industry partners. It will provide a focal point for the bulk of the UK civil nuclear manufacturing industry supply chain, ensuring that manufacturers in the UK have the capability and capacity required to compete for nuclear new build in the UK and globally, from skills training to research and development.

Nuclear AMRC website


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