A critical Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) led
initiative for ensuring the UK's civil nuclear decommissioning
programme has been the establishment of the National Skills Academy
for Nuclear (NSAN). The NSAN is a hub and spoke network of
delivery centres, with the NSAN setting a national approach to
skills, occupational standards and qualifications to be used
throughout the UK's nuclear industry. The NSAN network
includes the establishment of the Energus as the delivery centre in
Cumbria serving West Cumbria's five nuclear sites. Energus
opened its doors during 2009 providing vocational training for
adults and apprenticeships, and the delivery of undergraduate
Given the current focus on decommissioning in West Cumbria,
Energus is initially targeting this sector of the industry (i.e.
the skills required for decommissioning, management and
reprocessing). However, over time, the strategic plan is for
Energus to broaden its remit to include the environmental
remediation and carbon free industries.
GENECON with support from White Young Green led a process of
engagement with West Cumbria's nuclear supply chain through
interviews, workshops and a questionnaire survey to help shape the
range of Energus' service offer; to help map the likely scale of
demand from the supply chain, and to identify skills shortages and
priority training needs.