IC Nuclear are a passionate about continuous improvement and the sharing of industry best practices across the nuclear sector. We actively support and engage a number of national improvement programmes, sector specific institutes and collaboration groups.
Below are some organisations and groups we directly and indirectly support across the nuclear sector:
The UK Alpha Resilience and Capability (ARC) Programme is a proactive, long-term collaboration between the UK government, nuclear industry and wider nuclear sector. ARC seeks to identify targeted projects and investments in specialist nuclear skills, expertise and facilities to sustain and enhance the UK’s world-leading Alpha capabilities. The ARC programmes vision is:
“To sustain and enhance our world leading Alpha capabilities so the UK nuclear industry is ready to enact critical national Programmes”
The SDF looks to identify key strategic challenges facing the industry in the fields of Health, Safety, Security, Safeguards, Environment and Quality and resolve them, often through working with the UK Regulators and Government. The SDF members represent every part of the fuel cycle from fuel manufacture, through generation to reprocessing and waste treatment, including research, design, new build, decommissioning and care and maintenance.
The SDF also has members who represent the Ministry of Defence (MoD) nuclear operations, as well as “smaller licensees” such as universities and pharmaceutical companies. With over 25 members from every site licence company in the UK, every MoD-authorized site and organizations which are planning to become site licensees the SDF represents a vast pool of knowledge and experience, which has made it a key consultee for Government and Regulators on new legislation and regulation.
The SDF has a strong focus on improvement across the industry. It has in place several subject-specific sub-groups looking in detail at issues such as radiological protection, human performance, learning from experience and the implementation of the new regulatory framework for security. Such subgroups have developed several Good Practice Guides which have been adopted by the industry.
The Intelligent Customer Working Group collaborate with interested Licensees and Regulators to improve the sector’s approach to maintaining their ‘Intelligent Customer’ capability and meeting Regulatory expectations, by bringing together and sharing our collective experiences and approaches. This is in addition to liaison with Regulators with regard to upcoming changes to Regulatory expectations. The Working Group is also embarking on a project to update the SDF’s latest ‘Good Practice Guide on the Intelligent Customer role’.
This working group supports the strategic objectives of the SDF by bringing together parties from across the industry working on different projects or initiatives related to scarce resources.
The SDF recognises that there are skills shortages across the industry, not just related to safety roles. This is particularly true considering the current “nuclear renaissance” and many organisations are still feeling the effects of covid, recruiting to stand still rather than grow organisations. There is also an ageing workforce and a need to encourage young people to join the industry and pass on the knowledge from one generation to the next.
The Nuclear Institute is the only professional membership body dedicated to the nuclear sector.
They welcome members from all parts of the nuclear industry, regardless of specialism, and provide their own nuclear-specific qualification for those in nuclear roles (the Nuclear Delta) as well as registration titles including CEng, IEng, EngTech, CSci, CEnv & REnvTech. They support their members’ professional development and competence for the benefit of the industry and wider society.