Nuclear Skills Strategy Group welcomes Budget commitments to Apprenticeships – and urges more clarification on the new system.

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) welcomes and strongly supports the Government’s ambition to create three million additional high quality Apprenticeships, and recognises that the Apprenticeship levy, together with the future clarity on system operation will further enable this.

Fiona Rayment, Chair of the NSSG said:

“We are optimistic in the fact that Government has stated the new levy will put funding for Apprenticeships directly into the hands of nuclear employers; as a sector we have a long and established commitment to developing our talent in this way and already make a significant investment every year.

“One particular area of interest is the potential prioritisation of STEM subjects, an area of real importance to the nuclear sector. We will continue to work with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to work up a concrete plan on incentivisation of the system.

Fiona added: “to allow for continued and expanded apprentice numbers, it is also important that funding rates for standards are set at the right levels to reflect the quality and duration of the Apprenticeship programmes required, especially in strategic STEM sectors.”

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group consists of the employers who have the plans and expenditure that drive the major developments in the nuclear sector, working together with Government. It is the UK’s lead strategic skills forum for the sector, with responsibility for the Nuclear Industry Council’s Skills Workstream. It represents both the civil and defence nuclear sectors and is accountable for developing a nuclear skills strategy, addressing the skills infrastructure, processes and the training provision needed to secure the required supply of qualified and competent personnel.