France-UK agreement signed for training in nuclear industry
On 25 April, the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology – INSTN) and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) signed a framework agreement on training in the nuclear industry.
This agreement paves the way for teaching staff and student exchanges, the creation of joint vocational training programmes and the development of joint provision in response to certain training markets abroad. It is an important building block for strengthening our bilateral relationship in the nuclear industry, of which the plan for EDF Energy to build two EPRs at the Hinkley Point site (Somerset) is the “touchstone”.
Britain’s nuclear renaissance requires a very large number of skilled personnel, which means the provision of tailored training programmes. In France, too, there are significant needs. The INSTN-NSAN partnership is in line with this.
The Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires is the French nuclear industry’s leading educational institution. Administered by the CEA [French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission], the institute, which has five sites, provides basic and vocational training programmes to over 1,000 students in hi-tech fields such as radiation protection, decommissioning and atomic engineering at every level (BTS (1), bachelor’s and master’s degrees, engineer etc.). INSTN also oversees training through research (doctorates) carried out at the CEA.
The National Skills Academy for Nuclear is the British body responsible for proposing the vocational training programmes necessary for companies in the UK nuclear industry. It selects and subcontracts to universities and colleges training programmes which are tailored to the nuclear industry’s needs.
(1) Brevet de technicien supérieur, a two-year diploma roughly equivalent to the UK’s Higher National Diploma.