The NEF and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear are pleased to announce that Sellafield Ltd has become the fourth organisation to be awarded NEF Assured (Nuclear) status in recognition of their exemplary practice in training and development, and their embedded ethos of continuous improvement.
“Through the NEF Assured (Nuclear) process Sellafield Ltd demonstrated exceptional commitment and foresight in every component of the standard, and in particular, in the development and implementation of its Skills Strategy.” Iain Nixon, NEF Adviser
The Advisers commended Sellafield Ltd on their systematic and careful monitoring of sectoral trends, as well as the internal needs of the business, which helped to ensure their training strategies and plans were well focused. They added that the means by which Sellafield has strived to identify the secondary skills of its employees, thus enabling potential new role and career development opportunities to emerge, was particularly noteworthy. They also noted Sellafield’s positive response towards taking on board the recommendations made for continuous improvement.
A culture of innovation at Sellafield Ltd has led to the training function establishing a Controlled Area Training facility that provides a valuable simulated environment for the core radiological training and to the organisation embracing e-learning to support the delivery of more cost effective training interventions.
Sellafield has a strong history of setting benchmarks for the nuclear sector, nationally and internationally. These benchmarks are cross-sectoral and extend to encompass the rail and petro-chemical sectors. It is clear that in Sellafield receiving this standard, their impact on the nuclear sector, as well as other adjacent sectors, can only grow even stronger.
“Sellafield Ltd values training and strives to ensure the relevance and quality of our training provision. The NEF Assure benchmark is a welcome independent recognition of our achievement of exemplary standards.” David McNerney, Director of Human Resources, Sellafield
By gaining NEF Assured (Nuclear) status, Sellafield’s training department will be recognised as an employer assured provider of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. This is the first step in enabling Sellafield’s in house training to be aligned to and benchmarked against employer-led and agreed Industry Training Standards on the Nuclear Skills Passport system.
“By gaining NEF Assured (Nuclear) accreditation, training departments are demonstrating their commitment to high quality skills delivery. “ Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy Nuclear
The NEF and the National Skills Academy for Nuclear congratulates Sellafield on their achievement and their exemplary approach to developing their workforce.
About NEF Assured (Nuclear)
NEF Assured (Nuclear) is the industry specific standard for assuring deliverers of training in the nuclear sector. The standard provides a highly valuable independent validation of an organisation’s approach to learning, training and talent development, which is recognised by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. This outcome focused standard is the first step in enabling member organisations to have in house training aligned to and benchmarked against employer-led and agreed Industry Training Standards on the Nuclear Skills Passport system. NEF Assured (Nuclear) recognises the need for continuous improvement and for training to impact directly on business objectives. A number of organisations such as Magnox North, Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSRL) and Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL) have all successfully achieved the NEF Assured (Nuclear) standard.