SME mentoring scheme launched

nda_logoNDA has launched a mentoring scheme for smaller businesses to help them benefit from the huge opportunities offered by the nuclear decommissioning industry.

The NDA Estate Mentor Scheme will pair up small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with industry professionals who will offer support and guidance on securing work in the sector for the first time or increasing the volume of work already on their books.

The scheme, which is free to participants, will initially run as a pilot for 12 months from April and is one of a number of initiatives by the NDA to promote and encourage SME participation across its estate.

All UK-based SMEs are eligible to apply for the scheme, regardless of which sector they operate in, but must either have an aspiration to work on an NDA site or be keen to increase the volume of work they already undertake across the NDA estate.

Ron Gorham, the NDA’s head of supply chain optimisation, said:

“A healthy, vibrant supply chain is vital for us to be able to effectively deliver our mission to clean up Britain’s nuclear legacy. “We are committed to encouraging as many SMEs as possible to enter our supply chain, which helps ensure that we promote economic growth in the communities in which we operate.

“This scheme will help any small business with an interest in working on the NDA estate to understand how they can make themselves more effective in winning work and will give firms already involved in the supply chain advice on how they can boost the volume of orders on their books from our sites.”

Mentors and mentees on the scheme will commit to communicate regularly and build relationships of mutual support with the objective of making the mentee more effective in entering or working in the NDA supply chain.

The NDA is keen to hear from people who wish to become mentors or mentees.

To apply, you must be a qualified and experienced nuclear industry professional, whose expertise reflects the activities undertaken on the NDA estate.