A priority issue identified in the original Skills Academy Business Plan was the attraction of new quality recruits into the Nuclear Industry. Since then the nuclear agenda has grown still further with the advent of new nuclear build and the nuclear deterrent successor programme, the issue of recruitment and attraction to the sector has therefore remained a key priority in the new Five Year Business Plan.
To help address this issue, an innovative approach was taken to deliver a bursary scheme for applicants choosing to study programmes that would lead to work in the Nuclear Industry.
The NDA has been the lead partner in this programme providing the majority of the funding for rounds 1 & 2 and all the funding for rounds 3 & 4. Rounds 1 & 2 had additional funding support from Serco.
Round 1, 2008 (Funding NDA & Serco)
- 36 Applicants
- 26 Bursaries awarded with value of £30,500
Round 2, 2008 (Funding NDA & Serco)
- 53 Applicants
- 24 Bursaries Awarded with value of £22,000
Round 3, 2009 (Funding NDA – Decommissioning Focus)
- 37 Applicants
- 28 Bursaries Awarded with value of £25,250
Round 4, 2010 (Funding NDA – Decommissioning Focus)
- 76 Applicants
- 39 Bursaries have been awarded with value of £27,000
There has been significant high profile press coverage of this bursary scheme which has been very positive for the nuclear industry overall and in particular for the NDA.
The programme has been quoted in Government papers as an exemplar of best practice and it clearly emphasises the impact and effectiveness of partners working together to address this challenge.