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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)

  • CHARLES ROBERTS

    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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