Roadmap for Businesses and Agencies looking to get into nuclear
We have put together a roadmap of how a business, agency, or influencer who currently operate outside of the industry could get into nuclear. None of this is groundbreaking information but provides you with the specifics of the nuclear industry that otherwise would be difficult to find unless you are in the know.
#1 Learn about the nuclear industry
Check out our info on the UK Nuclear Industry. This will provide you with links to the NIA, NSSG, NSAN and Nuclear Institute. From here you will be able to fully inform yourself as much as you need to do before moving onto step #2.
#2 Join the nuclear industry
The nuclear industry in the UK is made up of many groups, clusters and alliances that operate in numerous locations and fields of expertise.
Nuclear Groups, Alliances and Clusters by Region
There are some nationwide industry groups that you may wish to consider joining:
Nuclear Institute - national plus regions below
WiN - National plus regional teams in each of the below
From a regional perspective we have:
Home of Sellafield, Devonshire Dock Hall, LLWR, NNL and the majority of key players in the nuclear supply chain. There is also the possibility of Moorside - the potential side of a future nuclear new build.
If you are looking to tender for work at any of the sites in this region or generally looking to introduce, or increase the visibility of your company in the nuclear industry, Cumbria is a great place to do this. You can contact each of the below directly; you will find no shortage of help.
Home of Springfields, Capenhurst and the Birchwood Business Park.
If you are looking to tender for work at any of the sites in this region or generally looking to introduce, or increase the visibility of your company in the nuclear industry, the North West is a great place to do this. You can contact each of the below directly; you will find no shortage of help.
Central, London & South East:
Home to Aldermaston, Culham, Harwell, Dungeness, Sizewell and Bradwell.
Although this region has been host to many nuclear facilities for decades, historically it has not been too active in the nuclear arena. That is all set to change. The opportunities with Sizewell C and Bradwell B along have the ability to create thousands of jobs and billions of opportunity in the support chain.
This region provides a fantastic opportunity for you to introduce, or grow your business within the nuclear industry.
Home to Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station. If you are looking to tender for work at any of the sites in this region you can contact each of the below directly; you will find no shortage of help.
Although not historically a hub of nuclear activity, the Midlands is keen to expand and grow its presence in the industry. If you are based in this region is advisable to contact the below. There is a relatively new NI Midlands Branch in place and WiN are currently business a team so could be a great opportunity to support.
Home to Devonport, Winfrith, Hinkley Point, Oldbury and Berkley. There is much opportunity in this region. Get in touch with the below to introduce your business to the nuclear industry.
Home to Wylfa and Trawsfynydd, with close links to Hinkley Point C. There is also ambitions to continue to develop a nuclear new build at Wylfa and potential opportunities with nuclear fusion.
If you are looking to tender for work at any of the sites in this region or generally looking to introduce, or increase the visibility of your company in the nuclear industry, then Wales is a great place to do this. You can contact each of the below directly; you will find no shortage of help.
Home to Dounreay and Vulcan. There is much opportunity in this region. Get in touch with the below to introduce your business to the nuclear industry.
Home to Hunterston, Clyde, Rosyth and Torness. There is much opportunity in this region. Get in touch with the below to introduce your business to the nuclear industry.
Nuclear Professional Bodies
There are many professional bodies associated directly and indirectly with the nuclear industry. We have concentrated on the more nuclear centric ones below to add to the professional bodies you already work with, support as part of the day-to-day operations.
Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)
Nuclear AMRC works with companies along the UK civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain. The Nuclear AMRC is based on the same collaborative model as the highly successful University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing and is backed by leading companies and government.
Nuclear AMRC combines the manufacturing and engineering expertise of The University of Sheffield with the nuclear and materials technology capacity of The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute.
NOF Energy is a leading business development organisation for companies involved in the UK oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors.
The key focus for the organisation is the oil and gas sector, but NOF Energy is becoming increasingly active in both the nuclear and offshore renewables sectors. The oil and gas supply chain have products, services, skills, and technologies transferrable to other related energy sectors.
A wide range of business support services means members have access to networking and new business opportunities.
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
The CBI is the premier lobbying organisation for UK business whose mission is to help create and sustain the conditions in which businesses in the United Kingdom can compete and prosper for the bene t of all.
The CBI has led the calls for electricity market reform to unlock the private sector investment in nuclear and other technologies to meet climate change targets, secure supply, and maintain affordable, competitive energy prices.
Centre of Nuclear Excellence (CoNE)
The CoNE has been established to help deliver the Nuclear Industry Strategy and regional socio-economic plans. It will also provide a global reach bene ting UK plc; economically and reputationally as a centre of specialist skills, innovation and a place to do business. Having such a centre will maximise domestic capability, expose the UK’s leading abilities in this sector to international markets, underpin research and development and enhance skills that have international value.
CoNE has set out three ambitions that will demonstrate that nuclear excellence already exists in Cumbria, build on the excellent expertise and facilities in Cumbria and; establish Cumbria’s reputation as the UK’s Centre’s of Nuclear Excellence. These objectives will be supported by three main pillars: Engineering, Education and Enterprise.
Semta is the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, supporting UK businesses of all sizes in achieving global competitiveness through investment in skills.
Every business depends on the skills of its workforce to drive productivity, growth and success. Semta works with companies in the aerospace, automotive, bioscience, electrical, electronics, maintenance, marine, mathematics, mechanical, metals and engineered metal products sectors to understand skills needs and provide solutions to meet those needs.
National College for Nuclear (NCfN)
A new National College for Nuclear will train future workers and develop world-class skills in the UK’s thriving nuclear industry.
The college, a partnership between Government and nuclear employers, led by EDF Energy and Sellafield Ltd, will be based at two hubs in Bridgewater in Somerset and West Cumbria, close to major sites of nuclear investment.
The two hubs will provide a reactor simulator and virtual reality engineering learning facilities, offering high-tech specialist training to meet the skills needs of nuclear industry employers across the UK.
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board provides professional advice, information, skills development and qualifications to help individuals within engineering construction succeed in their chosen careers. Working closely with industry employers, the training programmes and Vocational Qualifications guarantee competence in practical craft and technician occupations and the technical, management supervisory, design and project management skills needed both on and off-site.
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
CITB Construction Skills is the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, working with industry to deliver a safe, professional and fully qualified UK construction workforce. It works with construction companies to help them improve skills, increase their competitive edge and respond to the many challenges employers face – from the low carbon agenda through to reducing costs on-site and recruiting the best and brightest talent for their sector.
Cogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries, led by sector employers. It works with them to develop, design and deploy skills solutions for the science industries.
All of its products and services are designed with science industry employers, are underpinned by national standards, and meet the sector's unique requirements.
Industries covered include chemicals, polymers, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomedical technologies, environmental technologies, biomedical devices, nuclear and organisations that devote most of their efforts in the various stages of research, development, technology transfer and commercialisation.
Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
As Britain’s national academy for engineering, RAEng brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in engineering science, art, and engineering. Its strategic priorities are enhancing the UK’s engineering capabilities, celebrating excellence and inspiring the next generation, and leading debate by guiding informed thinking and influencing public policy.
The Academy’s work programmes are driven by enhancing national capabilities, recognising excellence, inspiring the next generation, and leading debate. Each of these strategic priorities provides a key contribution to a strong and vibrant engineering sector and society's health and wealth.
Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
IMechE is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK, with 80,000 members working at the heart of the country’s most important and dynamic industries.
IMechE works with leading companies, universities and thinks tanks to create and share knowledge to provide Government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The ICE is a global membership organisation that promotes and advances civil engineering around the world. The purpose is to qualify professionals engaged in civil engineering, exchange knowledge and best practice, and contribute to society.
Membership is available to civil engineers, technicians and technical/scientific specialists at every stage of their professional career, from students and apprentices to senior board directors. Attainment of ICE’s professionally qualified grades of membership is widely viewed as a significant personal achievement and a benchmark of a technician’s or engineer’s competencies and professional standing.
Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
IChemE is the global professional membership organisation for chemical engineering professionals and anyone involved with the process industries, including the emerging bioprocess sector. With over 44,000 members in over 120 countries, IChemE is the only organisation that awards the internationally recognised qualifications of Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer.
It sets the standards for chemical and process safety engineering professionals. It supports its members and the wider chemical engineering community through a team of professional staff based in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.
The IOP is a scientific charity devoted to increasing the practice, understanding and application of physics.
It has a worldwide membership of around 40,000 and is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists to government and the general public. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing, is a world leader in scientific publishing and the electronic dissemination of physics.
Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
CIPS is the leading body representing the field of purchasing and supply chain management. Established in 1932, it has grown to become the central reference for industry best practice, and its code of conduct is the standard around the world. In 1992 it was awarded a Royal Charter to recognise its status as a centre of excellence and support for the profession.
Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)
The CQI is the chartered body for quality management professionals. Established in 1919 as the Institute of Quality Assurance, the Institute gained a Royal Charter in 2006 and became the CQI shortly afterwards in January 2007.
The CQI Nuclear Special Interest Group (NucSIG) provides a forum for CQI members (and quality professionals in the nuclear sector who are considering membership) to maintain awareness, share experience and knowledge with their peers and aid their professional development.
#3 Consider partnerships
The nuclear industry is a complex arena, made up one many complex problems requiring a wide range of supply chain support to deliver these projects. This means that it makes it difficult and often daunting for an established company outside of the nuclear industry to see where they could fit into the bigger picture.
Business / Agency
We have lots of experience in helping businesses to get into nuclear. We have an extensive network in the nuclear industry and have a number of partnerships in place to create an effective strategy for any business or agency looking to concentrate on the opportunities within nuclear.
You can reach us on any of our social media channels at any time, or contact us here to start the conversations.