Power education

British Energy has opened a £3.5m Nuclear Power Academy to provide nuclear technology and technical leadership training.

The academy will include nuclear power station control room simulators; three workshops purpose built for control and instrumentation, electrical and mechanical training; a new learning centre for all site inductions; and 40 in-house instructors.

It is anticipated that it will run over 80 different courses with a throughput of around 2,500 people each year. Each of British Energy’s stations also has its own training facilities for site-specific work.

British Energy has also introduced its own accreditation programme for employee training, based on the system used by the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). The aim is to take a proactive part in membership of the recently launched National Skills Academy Nuclear.

Chairman Sir Adrian Montague said: ‘The Nuclear Power Academy is at the centre of British Energy’s investment in training. Building the technical capability of our workforce is essential as the UK begins to expand the role of nuclear as part of a balance energy policy.’