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National Skills Academy for Nuclear Achieves Sustainability
31 Jan 2011

The employer-led National Skills Academy for Nuclear celebrated achieving self sustainability on the 27th January 2011, with an afternoon reception at the House of Lords, hosted by its Honorary President, the Rt Hon the Lord Jenkin of Roding.

Over 100 representatives from nuclear employers, training providers and key stakeholders attended the event, celebrating the Skills Academy’s transition from being a partly government funded entity to becoming a really strong and self-sustainable organisation.  In the three years the Skills Academy has been operational it has become an effective and proactive driver for the skills agenda across the nuclear industry by;
Creating and developing EXCELLENCE in skills for the nuclear industry via;

  • The implementation of nuclear industry agreed standards via the Nuclear Skills Passport.
  • The development and growth of the High Quality Provider Network, which currently includes 32 providers across the UK
  • Providing Quality Assurance for deliverers of training via the Skills Academy QA process and NEF Assured (Nuclear).
  • The development of a number of products and services specifically for the needs of nuclear, including; Award for Nuclear Industry Awareness, Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism and the Triple Bar Entry Standard.
  • Provides a platform that enables the different sub sectors of nuclear to come together to explore the skills needs and agree dynamic and innovative solutions.
  • Aiding in the development of the capacity and capability of the UK Nuclear workforce to support the achievement of the industry’s 2020 vision.

The National Skills Academy for Nuclear was officially launched on the 31st January 2008 after receiving the government’s green light on its business plan.  For the first three years the Skills Academy has received match funding from government against the income received from nuclear employer members which currently stands at 88 strong.  This initial funding phase has enabled the Skills Academy to set up as an organisation, develop solutions and services which will address the skills issues affecting the nuclear sector.

The Skills Academy will continue to be led by nuclear employers, delivering skills solutions for the nuclear industry by the nuclear industry. 

Charles Hendry MP, Minister for Energy
I am delighted that the National Skills Academy for Nuclear is now a fully self sustaining organisation that is led by employers from across the breadth of the nuclear industry. Addressing the skills challenges is a key part of the Government’s mission to support the continued growth and success of the UK nuclear industry. We view the Skills Academy as crucial in ensuring that the UK has the skilled, safe and professional workforce required to address both the current and future skills challenges.

Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear
The achievement of self sufficiency within the funding deadline, is fantastic news for everyone who has been involved in turning the Business Plan into reality.  The unstinting employer commitment to the Skills Academy- both financial and through time and expertise - demonstrates just how important the Skills Academy is to the nuclear industry.

I would also like to highlight the excellent work of all the staff at the Skills Academy, their unwavering enthusiasm and commitment to the Skills Academy agenda has made the Skills Academy the dynamic organisation it is today.”

Joanna Woolf, CEO of Cogent Sector Skills Council
The dedication of the team at the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, led with tremendous enthusiasm by Chief Executive Jean Llewellyn, has turned its vision into sustainable, commercial reality. They now have excellent employer commitment from right across the supply chain, which reflects the importance of the Skills Academy to the industry. In return the Skills Academy has put the employers right at the heart of its business, ensuring a firm offer that meets this strategic industry’s long term skills needs. We look forward to a continued successful partnership on the skills agenda.

For further information, please contact Mary Kinsella

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