Give2Gain – Growing the nuclear workforce through collaboration
Give2Gain, an employer-led project headed by NIS Ltd and co-ordinated through the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, has been successful in gaining funding from the Employer Ownership of Skills supported by HM Government.
The £1 million in funding enables Give2Gain to develop and deliver training solutions to improve workforce skills and drive up productivity and growth. This will increase the capability of the workforce in the UK nuclear sector in order to be in a strong position to win and deliver new contracts. Give2Gain will focus on five key areas:
The further development of an engaged and active employer network to encourage workforce development investment on the Key Skills requirements identified for the planned Nuclear Programme. By encouraging investment in the right activities it is anticipated that real value for money will be achieved such that employers are encouraged to increase investment on training which will impact longer term productivity.
The development and implementation of an innovative credit-based system which will reward employers for their engagement in STEM activity, work placements and apprenticeships, thereby aiding in ensuring a pipeline of careers support developed at a local level. Within this activity employers could gain credits allowing them to claim up to 50% match funding for training courses.
The development of a training programme to meet the industry standards developed in the key priority areas of nuclear fundamentals and human performance. The programme will be developed to meet the needs identified by the UK Nuclear Human Performance Forum, a recently agreed international standard at fundamentals and practitioner level, providing opportunities for both the supply chain and providers.
A mentoring programme to support supervisors of apprentices, ensuring the right support is provided in the off-the-job element of the training, enabling the apprentice to acquire the right skills, increase productivity in a shorter period and provide the business with a real return on investment.
A programme of summer graduate placements which will act as a recruitment pipeline. This will support graduates in gaining full-time employment and facilitate direct access to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the network of employers.
Jean Llewellyn OBE, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear commented;“Give2Gain is an excellent example of a truly innovative employer-led skills initiative. The pilot will test a new way for Government funding to be utilised, whereby employers will only be able to access match funding to support workforce development activity if they first show their commitment to additional skills activities including: offering work experience, taking on apprentices, working with local schools to offer STEM activity, taking part in careers events and industry days. Building up, recording and developing case studies around such activity will start to develop local relationships with schools, Universities and other key stakeholders, clearly outlining opportunities available in the sector and building a talent pipeline that will benefit both individuals and supply chain companies with their recruitment strategies.”
Gill Marsden, Business Development Director, NIS Ltd said “We are extremely passionate about skills development, both in our own organisation and in promoting STEM careers to the next generation, so we are proud to be working alongside the NSA Nuclear to lead this project on behalf of our peers. We firmly believe that through collaboration this employer led approach has the potential to radically change the skills landscape in our sector, whilst also enhancing the UK supply chain's ability to secure work, delivering economic benefit for all.”