Over the next decade, the nuclear industry is predicted to need over 100,000 new employees and so if you’re still deciding on what next step to take in your educational journey or are looking to add to your current skillset, this could be the right path for you.
The National College for Nuclear (NCfN) offers not only a high-level nuclear curriculum with a range of qualifications to students, but also a number of progression routes into great jobs within the sector.
Embedding technical knowledge alongside industry protocols and behaviours
The NCfN is committed to offering students the best learning opportunities, with its collaborations with the industry itself and the college’s unique expertise which is embedded at every stage of the training and education process. This ensures that each student graduates with a top class degree/qualification along with the exact skills and experience required for roles within the industry.
The classes at NCfN are both hands-on and innovative, as the college believes that practical experiences helps employees develop the high standard of performance that are so critical in the nuclear environment. Students work on a variety of live projects and tasks, in a safe way, during their time at the college.
Immersing themselves in such practical assignments is the key to students’ success in the training. Each student learns the technical know-how alongside industry processes, protocols and behaviours.
One of only three providers in the UK
University Centre Somerset, part of Bridgwater & Taunton College (BTC) is only one of three providers in the UK offering engineering undergraduate degrees designed specifically for the nuclear sector.
And with Hinkley Point just round the corner, it’s in the ideal location to experience everything in the sector first-hand.
The college has a solid reputation with both students and employers. It has created strong links with the nuclear industry, which means students are well placed when they come to begin their careers on completion of their degrees.
There’s no other college like University Centre Somerset in the country, in that it has all three stages of a nuclear build on its doorstep – decommissioning, power generation and new build.
With a purpose-built accommodation block on-site, getting to and from classes couldn’t be easier.
Not your standard qualification
The college has major plans for the future, going up for professional recognition from the prestigious The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). It is proud to be now offering the new full-time BEng (Hons) Engineering with Nuclear degree.
The college offers training delivered by a professional team with nuclear industry experience, in an environment that simulates the behaviours and cultures expected within the nuclear industry, making sure students are work ready and competent which enables them to perform at the highest operational levels.
Students can expect training and development programmes that specifically address the current and projected needs of the industry’s workforce, quality training accredited and validated by universities and industry partners and that’s aligned with the UK’s nuclear strategy and learning from trainers with direct experience in the sector which is delivered in a professional, vocational context.
Plus, students will be able to interact with systems that apply theory, principles, data, methods and human factors in order to optimise their performance.
Learners will develop and understand the importance of resilience and gain the capacity and confidence to remain robust under pressure, stress and change. The environment at the college brings together the whole industry community to allow skills, knowledge and professionalism to flourish.
There are still places available on the new full-time BEng (Hons) Engineering with Nuclear degree at University Centre Somerset. Want to find out more? Visit somerset.ac.uk for more information and to apply.