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Atkins to open nuclear training to outsiders

Consultant Atkins will open its nuclear training academy to other companies working in the nuclear industry.

The news comes on the back of a report by nuclear skills body Cogent, who estimate that 1,000 new nuclear engineers must be trained every year until 2025 to maintain and decomission our existing nuclear infrastructure.

Director of nuclear at Atkins, Chris Ball, said: “Because of our deep and historical involvement in the nuclear sector we decided to open our own Atkins Training Academy in 2005. 

“It enabled us to extend our recruitment reach, bringing in new skills, while increasing the overall talent pool by training engineers who have not worked in the nuclear sector before.  

“Nuclear engineers have to have particularly high level expertise because of the safety-critical environment they work in and through a two year structured training course, Atkins engineers gain a deeper understanding of the industry,” he said.

Atkins’ nuclear academy has trained more than 550 engineers over the past two years. “In the past six months alone, we have trained more than 150 of our professional engineers and we have capacity to grow these numbers.  Atkins is dedicated to Britain’s nuclear future and as one of the leading engineering design consultancies in the field we want to ensure the skills gap is addressed. We have invested in order to play a key role in that.”

Courses range from a basic introduction to the nuclear industry right through to the design of fuel storage facilities.

The consultant is working to develop schemes for new nuclear build, in addition to providing engineering services for the clean-up at Sellafield and is a tier one strategic partner to British Energy for engineering, safety and environmental services to maintain advanced gas-cooled reactors and pressurised water reactor. 

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