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Commercial Awareness for Nuclear Graduates

NSAN Commercial Awareness
We are pleased to welcome graduates from Magnox, Sellafield and Babcock to their first module of the Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism. 

A total of 22 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.


A Learning Partnership

Magnox, owned by EnergySolutions, is the management and operations contractor responsible for 10 nuclear sites and one hydroelectric plant in the UK.  Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning, reprocessing and nuclear waste management activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.  Babcock is the UK's leading engineering support services organisation serving the defence, energy, telecommunications, transport and education sectors.

These companies have worked in partnership with 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.

The Centre for Executive Development is delivering the Commercial Awareness module at Aston Business School.  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, will be in attendance and contribute as co-tutor and industry specialist, 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” 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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