Aston offers new qualification in Nuclear Professionalism

ABS CED New Qualification in Nuclear Professionalism
Cora Lynn is shown accepting the HE Associate Membership on behalf of Aston Business School, from Charles Bray, South West Regional Manager of The National Skills Academy Nuclear
24 September 2010

Aston Business School has become one of only a small number of Higher Education establishments to be appointed as an HE Associate Member of The National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSA Nuclear).

The move comes after Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone, Director of the Centre for Executive Development (CED) at Aston Business School, facilitated two initial strategic sessions which led NSA Nuclear to scope a pioneering postgraduate qualification – Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism.

As part of this certificate, NSA Nuclear’s remit is to appoint approved organisations that can design and deliver programmes which develop the technical, managerial and commercial professionalism of nuclear employees. With mounting questions around the affordability and security of energy supply together with the need to transform our nations into low carbon economies, nuclear features increasingly as a known solution. This qualification aims to enhance and strengthen the skill, knowledge and expertise of those working in nuclear energy sector, particularly significant given the new build projects that are in planning phase for the UK.

Cora Lynn Heimer Rathbone said: “I am absolutely delighted to be officially associated with The National Skills Academy Nuclear. This is great news for Aston and for the nuclear sector. We can blend our technical expertise from the Aston School of Engineering with our management know-how from the Aston Business School to address the very specific needs of executives working in this mission critical environment. Together with NSA Nuclear and its member organisations, we can build on the skills and leverage the expertise of those already working in the nuclear sector to equip new graduates as they come face-to-face with evolving technology and existing challenges.” 

The National Skills Academy Nuclear is an employer-led organisation established three years ago to ensure that the UK nuclear industry and its supply chain develops a workforce that is highly skilled, competent and safe, able to deal with the current and future challenges of the UK nuclear sector.

NSA Nuclear’s  vision is: “To create, develop and promote world-class skills and career pathways to support a sustainable future for the UK nuclear industry.”

Charles Bray, Southwest Regional Manager for the National Skills Academy for Nuclear said: “We are delighted to welcome Aston Business School to our High Quality Provider Network as an HE Associate Member. It is imperative that the right links are made at this level, to enable the development of effective HE provision that will aid in the attainment of world-class standards and raise aspirations.  We look forward to working closely with Aston University on future skills developments.”

For all media enquiries please contact Dhiren Katwa, Press Officer for Aston Business School, on 0121 204 4954 or email d.katwa1@aston.ac.uk

Notes to Editors
  1. To find out more about the Centre for Executive Development visit www.aston.ac.uk/ced

  2. Aston Business School, which is part of Aston University, is one of the largest and most successful business schools in Europe, committed to lead and enable transformation through teaching, research and by supporting and influencing organisations and their leaders. The School aims to contribute positively and substantially to society – regionally, nationally and internationally.