The Awards

Training awards: Keeping the industry fresh

A new awards programme recognizes excellence in nuclear power education and training. The nuclear industry is changing. Many senior experts who worked in the golden age of civil nuclear power in the 1970s and 1980s are now retiring. The industry as a whole needs the next generation of recruits: "The future operators are not us, but young people," says Jacques Regaldo, chairman of the World Association of Nuclear Operators. Second, an industry that demands a culture of continuous improvement-as promoted by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), among others-must continue to spread knowledge and best practice. Training for professionals could play an important part in these initiatives.

So NEI magazine's education and training awards, which we are launching now, aim to raise awareness of those programmes that bring young people into the industry, and that help maintain the skills of existing workers. The awards are open to the entire civil nuclear industry, from front-end fuel cycle to generation to radwaste management to supply chain.

Training awards workshop

Applicants shortlisted for an award are welcomed to a special one-day workshop in London to discuss technical training, and share best practice, in November 2013.

This workshop will include small-group discussion on improving industry training, sharing experience and lessons learned. To register your interest in this workshop, please email [email protected]

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