Entrance Level Standard Launched

The National Skills Academy for Nuclear has launched the Triple Bar –Existing Sites, which is set to become the new ‘entrance level’ standard for individuals working in or with existing nuclear sites. Developed with industry involvement, the Triple Bar Existing Sites consists of three short courses, Basic Nuclear Induction, Basic Nuclear Industry Context and Basic Nuclear Industry Behaviours.  The courses are focused at a fundamental level to introduce the requirements for regulatory and procedural compliance, nuclear awareness and industry behaviours for working in and with the nuclear industry.

The courses aim to ensure that all individuals understand the need to work safely and maintain the safety of their work colleagues, the plants, their equipment and the environment both now and for the future.  The Triple Bar Existing Sites has been designed to enable completion within one day whilst ensuring training to nuclear industry agreed standards.

The Triple Bar Existing Sites is available now and can be completed via the Skills Academy e-Learning portal or via the Skills Academy Quality Assured Providers licensed to deliver the training material. Click Here for a list of providers.

The e-Learning package is being offered with an introductory 30% off registration, with member organisations receiving an additional 20% discount, making it half price for member organisations for a limited period. Further information on member discount is viewable by clicking here.

Further details on the courses and purchasing are available on the Skills Academywebsite click here.

In the near future, the Skills Academy will be launching a Triple Bar for New Build. This is currently in development with EDF Energy and will contextualise the courses for individuals who will be specifically working on the New Build agenda, and will be ideal for construction workers and contractors to gain the knowledge they need to work with a nuclear safety culture.

Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear

“The Triple Bar shows the nuclear industry is committed to raising standards. We have worked together with employers to develop these new industry training standards, which will now set the minimum entrance bar for working in or with the nuclear industry.

Having the Triple Bar as the accepted entry level industry standard across all UK sites, will bring enormous benefits, not only in reducing the overall time and cost of training and for commencement of work, it will set the theme for cultural safety across the industry.”

Joseph McCluskey, Chairman of the UK Nuclear Human Performance Forum

“The UK Nuclear Human Performance Forum had the lead role in the development of the Nuclear Industry Behaviours element of the triple bar and nationally (on behalf of the industry) agreed the minimum entry standard for the industry. These behavioural standards enable the industry to drive quality and improvement and support the adoption of the full Triple Bar Standard as the entrance standard across the nuclear industry.

The requirement for skills accreditation in particular for the nuclear supply chain has never been higher.  The nuclear industry does have its own very unique set of safety needs and requirements and it is important that standards are raised, ensuring the supply chain has the knowledge, skills and in particular the behaviours and safety culture the sector requires.   The Triple Bar will provide industry with confidence that staff and contractors have the understanding of the sector and its safety culture to maintain our high standards of safe and effective working.”

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