Magnox Ltd, a company owned by EnergySolutions, is responsible for the management and operations of 10 nuclear liceneds sites in the UK – on behalf of their owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
The work covers electricity generation at Wylfa, Oldbury and Maentwrog, defuelling at Chapelcross, Dungeness A and Sizewell A, and the decommissioning of Hunterston A, Berkeley, Hinkley Point A, Bradwell and Trawsfynydd. The work at Bradwell and Trawsfynydd is being accelerated to support a move to an earlier than planned care and maintenance date.
Magnox Ltd was recognised alongside other companies including: Sellafield ltd, Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd, Research Sites Restoration Ltd and AREVA RMC at a ceremony in Westminster attended by the Skills Minister, John Hayes.
Dr Sarah Peers NEF’s Director of Programmes, said: “We are delighted to extend the NEF Assured (Nuclear) award status to Magnox Ltd. Their commitment to ensuring consistent standards of training throughout their sites is exemplary”.
The NEF’s Validation Panel commended Magnox on their Performance Management and SQEP (Suitably Qualified and Experienced Persons) processes which were highly robust and address both learner and organisation needs. Magnox has demonstrated innovative practices to training and development, including the deployment of a mock-up simulator at Bridgwater College that provides an opportunity to train in realistic but safe conditions.
“It is a business priority to ensure that our people are competent and that we support and develop them to be the best they can. The NEF Assured process made us take time to look at our strategy, organisation and processes. There are lot of things that we do well but we need to ensure we continuously improve standards and drive innovation. Going through the NEF Assured (Nuclear) Standard, the most powerful part was the validation visit by the NEF Advisory team as it required interviews with line managers, learning and development specialists and end users, as this is how you find out whether the strategy we put in place really worked” said Brendan Daly, Head of Learning & Development (Technical, Standards & Compliance), Magnox Ltd.
By gaining NEF Assured (Nuclear) status, Magnox’s training will be recognised as an employer assured provider of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. The Standard helps successful companies to benchmark their training and talent development, and enables them to demonstrate clear impact measures at both organisational and sector levels.