Nuclear Graduates Learn Commercial Awareness

NSAN Graduates

We are pleased to welcome the graduate cohort of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the first module of the Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism.

A total of 39 participants will take part in our two day Commercial Awareness module, to build their understanding of the key requirements involved when conducting commercial activity in the nuclear industry.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is the public body charged with the long-term management of the UK’s nuclear waste.  Its job is to decommission and clean up nuclear facilities and safely manage all waste products. The NDA launched its National Graduate Scheme “nucleargraduates” in 2007, in partnership with twenty leading companies and organisations operating in the UK nuclear industry.

The Scheme has been described as “the most comprehensive graduate scheme the industry has ever seen”, and featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employer category.  The NDA was also instrumental in setting up the National Skills Academy for Nuclear to help improve professional development capability in the nuclear industry. The graduate-level Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism is one outcome of this collaboration.  The Certificate incorporates seven modules designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills for today’s professional working within the nuclear industry. The Centre for Executive Development is providing faculty and content for three of the modules: Commercial Awareness, Project Management and Technical Leadership.

In partnership with the NDA, the Centre for Executive Development is delivering the Commercial Awareness module at Aston Business School.  The two day session will for the first time involve the whole of the NDA graduate cohort. Aston faculty members Matt Davies and Ian Cornelius of the Finance and Accounting Group will deliver the module. In addition, Sean Balmer, NDA Commercial Director and Adrian Simper, NDA Strategy Director, will be in attendance and contribute as co-tutors and industry specialists, providing colour and context to the best practice content.

The module is contextualised: participants learn new concepts, tools and methodologies and apply these to a case study based on a “real world” Sellafield decommissioning scenario. Participants are assessed through completion of a learning log and a reflective practice assignment, accredited by the Open University. The experience provides participants with a rigorous and practical grounding in some of the key knowledge areas and skills required for success in the nuclear industry.

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