US-based GSE Systems announced that its Nuclear Industry Training and Consulting (NITC) group has won three contracts with a combined value of $8.7 million to provide specialised training and staffing support services for large energy companies.

The NITC group is comprised of GSE Hyperspring and GSE Absolute Consulting; two proven companies with years of experience specialised staffing and training support.

“The widening skills gap and ageing workforce are critical challenges for the industry today and will remain significant issues for the long term,” said Kyle Loudermilk, president and CEO of GSE Solutions.

“GSE’s NITC group addresses these challenges to help customers drive operational efficiency with highly specialized staffing and upskilling solutions. These significant wins reflect the essential value that GSE provides to industry.”

According to Brian Greene, vice president of GSE’s Nuclear Industry Training and Consulting division, services provided under the contracts will help GSE's customers fill a wide variety of operational gaps, including staff training, project control, field engineers, health and safety specialists, and construction.

The latest contracts follow two master services agreements (MSAs) for qualified contracted engineering and staffing support services at a major US utility, announced in December. The MSAs were initially budgeted at $35 million for two years with two twelve-month optional extension periods.