France and UK agree to strengthen nuclear industry skills

27 April 2017

The UK’s National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN) and France’s Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN) on 25 April signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on nuclear industry skills. This includes development of a "quality standard" for skills provision and training that will enable them to design education programmes, organise exchanges between students and lecturers and implement new, innovative teaching tools.  Both organisations will look to create further links to other skills, education and training bodies in the UK and France as the relationship progresses. NSAN chief executive Jean Llewellyn said the agreement recognises the importance and need for continued cooperation between France and the UK.

The quality standard the institutes aim to create will be recognised by a kitemark of quality, they said, with a further joint kitemark to be developed for use by professional associates of both organisations. INSTN, established in 1956, is a public higher education institution administered by the French Atomic energy and Alternative Energies Commission. NSAN, set up in 2007, is a UK member organisation that aims to improve the performance of companies in the nuclear industry through facilitating collaboration and action on skills development.

Photo: Jean Llewellyn and Philippe Corréa signed the agreement in London on 25 April.

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