IDN Statement: UK Government Plans to invest in the Nuclear Workforce

We very much welcome this week’s (25 March 2024) commitment from Government and Industry to create up to 40,000 new jobs and create the nuclear workforce of tomorrow. 

From World Nuclear News:

“UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a package of public and private investment to reinforce the country’s nuclear workforce and support 40,000 expected new jobs in its defence and civil nuclear industry.

The government said it is partnering with industry – including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, EDF and Babcock – to invest at least GBP763 million (USD965 million) by 2030 in skills, jobs and education. The investment will create more than 8000 career opportunities to help the sector fill 40,000 new jobs by the end of the decade – and will support plans to double the number of nuclear apprentices and graduates and quadruple the number of specialist science and nuclear fission PhDs…

The government said the investment in nuclear skills – which includes GBP350 million from the government and more than GBP400 million from industry – will create some 5000 new apprenticeships in the next four years. It will also drive private investment and create job opportunities for everyone from specialist scientists and engineers, to welders and electricians, to project managers and Royal Navy submariners.”

Read more here.

As important, however, as recruitment and growth of the skills talent pipeline is, retention of the workforce (current and future), is equally or potentially more important, not only for sustained growth but also to remove the false economy of talent leaving the sector.     

IDN look forward to collaborating with our valued partners and stakeholders by providing the ideas, motivation and structural support required to achieve meaningful change.

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