Babcock Nuclear (now known as Cavendish Nuclear)

“We think the Nuclear Skills Passport is important because it provides a single training standard and record that will be universally recognised across the industry”

Why we got involved in the pilot
"Our company got involved in the Nuclear Skills Passport during 2010 because we wanted to contribute to a really important project for the industry, and particularly make sure that we understood the benefits for small to medium sized companies in the nuclear supply chain.

As a proactive member of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, we wanted to ensure that we could learn from the pilot process so that we would be better prepared to make decisions about the best way to roll out the Passport in future.”

What we learned during the pilot
The technical aspects of the pilot were led by Marie Stamper (Training Officer) who was closely supported by Helen Middleton (HR Manager). They explained that: “We expected that there might be some challenges to overcome during the pilot, for example, in working out the best way to extract information from our existing human resource records system into the Nuclear Skills Passport. In practice, we learned a great deal from the pilot and have become more familiar with the processes to either manually input or – as we will be doing in future – electronically export data into the system.”

The Benefits of the Nuclear Skills Passport
Alan Coley, Capability Director, says: “The main benefit of the Nuclear Skills Passport to our company will be the way in which it aids cost effective mobility of our people around different sites. We expect cost savings as a result of not having to complete repeat training for each site and to undertake training consistent with the common induction standard.”

The Future
“From 2010 onwards we plan to roll out the Nuclear Skills Passport to our 2,000 (Babcock Nuclear) employees including our blue collar ‘mobile’ workers and our professional staff such as those employed in our engineering, project management and project support teams. We are committed to this process and will need to ensure it is achieved with the full buy-in of our workforce, and as efficiently as possible.”

Is it for you?
Alan concludes: “We’d recommend the Nuclear Skills Passport to other companies, because it has the short, medium and long-term benefits including the potential to help supply chain companies demonstrate their capability to customers. We also anticipate that it will help standardise the SQEP process across the industry, which is very much needed in our sector.”