Sunday, March 3, 2024

Nuclear industry launches recruitment campaign to fill critical skills gaps

The UK’s nuclear sector is launching its first sector-wide initiative to attract and recruit people over the next two decades, as it enters a new era of government-backed expansion.

The Destination Nuclear campaign brings together government, sector organisation, suppliers and education institutions – including the the Nuclear AMRC at Rotherham –  with the shared aim of attracting and recruiting more people into the industry to help fill critical skills gaps.

The UK’s nuclear sector is growing, with the civil and defence nuclear workforce forecast to double over the next 20 years – supporting around 80,000 additional skilled jobs across the UK. Growth is driven by the government’s ambition for nuclear power to generate a quarter of the UK’s electricity by 2050 as part of the national decarbonisation programme, as well as the AUKUS nuclear submarine partnership.

Andrew Bowie, Minister for Nuclear, said: “To meet our ambitions, we need to rapidly ramp up recruitment in the sector, making sure we have enough people from engineers to welders to design and build new nuclear. Nuclear has fantastic career opportunities, and we want people of all ages to consider joining a key industry of the future.”

The campaign will target those considering a career change with transferrable skills, as well as supporting a commitment to apprenticeships and graduate schemes and increasing the opportunity for PhD students. The campaign will also benefit national and regional employment, as well as supporting broader equality, diversity, inclusion and social mobility goals through reaching a much broader audience.

Lynne Matthews, head of Destination Nuclear, said: “Destination Nuclear has provided a focal point where the sector has come really come together to deliver this vital campaign programme. To deliver our nuclear ambition, we need to significantly grow the workforce. Many potential candidates may have not considered nuclear as a career. Destination Nuclear will help show the wealth of opportunities the sector has to offer and help a broader range of people explore and venture into a career that is challenging, rewarding and sustainable.”

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