Igniting Talent: Closing the Nuclear Skills Gap | IPT
Chair: Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist,
Speaker: Greg Willetts, Vice President Technology, Consulting & Innovation, Jacobs
Speaker: Professor Colin Boxall, Lancaster University
Breakfast Meeting


Tuesday 23 April 2024


House of Commons

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The UK's nuclear sector is undergoing significant expansion, with plans to construct up to five new civil nuclear plants by 2030, alongside decommissioning works. This growth has created many new skilled jobs but has also led to a skills gap of around 200,000. To address this the government has set up a Nuclear Skills Taskforce to turbocharge skill development in this area. The sector aims to meet 90% of its skill demands domestically, maintain global excellence in training, and increase diversity, targeting 40% female representation by 2030. Collective action through the Nuclear Industry Council is crucial to achieving these goals. The sector's success also hinges on workforce development, addressed through initiatives like the National College for Nuclear, and in attracting and retaining talent, particularly women. How can the sector balance workforce demand amid competition from other sectors and international markets?

This event will

  • Examine methods of attracting and keeping talent withing the sector.
  • Discuss the competition for green skilled workers and how the nuclear sector can attract them.
  • Consider the merits of reskilling workers to meet the demand.