Monday, September 17, 2012

News: NES first to sign up for skills academy


Nuclear Engineering Services (NES) is the first company to sign up to the newly-launched National Skills Academy (NSA) for Nuclear Manufacturing.

A collaboration with manufacturing skills group Semta, the NSA Nuclear Manufacturing will create a single point of entry for employers and a dedicated team, based at the Nuclear AMRC's facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, will tackle the most urgent skills challenges facing the nuclear manufacturing industry.

It was officially launched last week by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP to an audience of over 200 key stakeholders, industry representatives, employers and Government officials.

NSA Nuclear Manufacturing operates on a membership model, with industrial members gaining full access to its specialist skills services. NES, a Tier One member of the Nuclear AMRC, is the first company to sign up. NES specialises in the integrated design, manufacture, assembly, test and commissioning of bespoke solutions for the nuclear decommissioning, new build and defence markets.

Chris Bill, finance director, at NES, said: "NES are delighted to be involved with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing. Creating a workforce to meet the demands of the current and future UK nuclear programme is something NES are extremely keen to support.

"Becoming a member of the National Skills Academy will expand on the in-house work carried out by NES in developing a manufacturing apprentice scheme and IMechE accredited graduate engineering scheme."

Jean Llewellyn OBE, chief executive of the NSA Nuclear and NSA Nuclear Manufacturing, added: "Currently, from large multinationals to SMEs, manufacturers have identified a shortage of skilled labour with the competencies required to support the nuclear programme. This is a significant hindrance to them being able to grow their existing operations in the nuclear market, and a real barrier to new supply chain companies wishing to work in the sector.

"The National Skills Academy Nuclear Manufacturing will support the maximisation of nuclear opportunities for the UK manufacturing industry in both the UK and globally, delivering the skills requirements companies need to grow their current market share. Complementing this will be the delivery of manufacturing and engineering training to provide high quality long-term careers for people in this market."

National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing website

Nuclear AMRC website

Images: National Skills Academy for Nuclear Manufacturing


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