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Lack of skills could hamper new nuclear build

A shortfall in specialist steel reinforcement fixers, concreters and scaffolders could hamper the nuclear new build programme according to a report from industry-body CITB-ConstructionSkills released today.

The research, which used CITB-ConstructionSkills modelling and EdF Energy data to produce the results, found that up to 17,000 construction workers will be required throughout the build programme while output would peak around £1.5bn a year during the project.

An extra 2,000 steel rebar fixers and concreters will be needed at peak construction in 2018, with the report highlighting a potential lack of skills when two nuclear sites are being constructed at the same time.

CITB-ConstructionSkills has signed a memorandum of understanding between the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and the National Skills Academy for Construction to help prevent any skills shortage.

Readers' comments (2)


    Shortage of steelfixers, concreters and scaffolders? I don't think so.

    The next article will be about a request to allow non-EU nationals to have an immigration quota for these skills!

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  • Well of course we are already dependent on French and German clients so I suppose that this is part of the plot and they will bring in Europeans and we will have more unemployed. We are so devoid of leadership and patriotism that, as a nation, there is no hope!!! They will stop coming when we are a third rate country - sooner than you may think. We do not need enemies, we destroy ourselves thanks to pathetic leadership.
    Jim Barrack

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