The Nuclear Institute welcomes the recent review of Engineering Skills by Professor John Perkins, the chief scientific adviser to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills which called on industry, government, education and the engineering profession to pull together to inspire young people to become engineers.
The review identified the need for employers and professional bodies to work together to identify and set the skills standards needed and the role of professional bodies in ensuring that these standards are maintained. The Nuclear Institute is already working with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear in approving apprenticeship schemes against NI membership and Engineering Technician registration standards.
Tim Chittenden, FNucI, FMechE, CEng, Nuclear Institute President said ‘The UK nuclear industry requires around 1000 new recruits with technical and engineering skills every year to support the nuclear programme; the NI is pleased to endorse Professor Perkin’s recommendation that we collectively need to inspire more young people in the UK to consider careers in science, technology and engineering. We look forward to working with the wider professional engineering community, nuclear related skills bodies and employers in our sector to contribute to this worthwhile objective’
Through the NI Young Generation Network (members under the age of 37) and regional branch network, NI members are contributing to a number of engineering and STEM careers initiatives. The Nuclear Institute also supports training on nuclear science for Physics Teachers by the Dalton Institute at Manchester University and is working on a number of other outreach initiatives.
You can read the review here.