As part of its ambitious plans to significantly increase nuclear capacity, the UK government has established a task force aimed at ensuring the country possesses the necessary skills in the nuclear industry.
The Ministry of Defence has stated that the panel will focus on filling roles within the rapidly expanding defense and civil nuclear sectors.
According to reports from PA Media, the task force will develop a comprehensive national skills strategy encompassing various job roles across the industry. This strategy will cover technical scientific and engineering positions, as well as logistics, project management, commercial, and finance roles.
Sir Simon Bollom, former chief executive of Defence Equipment and Support, will chair the task force, which will include government officials, academics, and industry partners.
James Cartlidge, the defense procurement minister, emphasized the significance of developing nuclear skills, highlighting that it not only benefits the UK economy but also strengthens national security.
He expressed delight in appointing Sir Simon Bollom to lead the task force, stating that it will encourage the entire UK nuclear sector to be ambitious in addressing the skills gap.
Sir Simon Bollom himself acknowledged the crucial role of the nuclear sector in the nation’s development.
He expressed pride in leading such an important task force that will ensure the availability of the skilled workforce needed to successfully deliver nuclear programs.
Andrew Bowie, the nuclear minister, hailed the launch of Great British Nuclear, an independent body involved in a government-supported competition to develop smaller-scale nuclear technology projects.
He described it as a nuclear “revival” that aligns with the government’s commitment to advancing the industry.
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