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Nuclear programme named Training Course of the Year

Nuclear Programme Wins Award

14 January 2013 

A Post Graduate Programme delivered at Aston University which equips participants with the necessary skills for a professional career in the nuclear industry has been named Training Course of the Year. 

The Certificate of Nuclear Professionalism (CoNP), which was developed by the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and The Open University, won the NEI Nuclear Training Award this month.  

Aston Business School (ABS) is a leading provider of the CoNP and responsible for the design and delivery of four out of the seven modules required to attain accreditation. 

Judges for the NEI Nuclear Training Awards praised the course for being particularly well adapted to the needs of the nuclear industry and for providing graduates with essential workplace skills. 

Martin Field, Executive Development Director at the ABS, said: “It is fantastic that the CoNP has been awarded Training Course of the Year. We have strived to make the course as practical and all-encompassing as possible for the benefit of both nuclear industry employers and employees.” 

We have strived to make the course as practical and all-encompassing as possible for the benefit of both nuclear industry employers and employees

The 18-month course was developed specifically for and in collaboration with the nuclear sector, with companies and institutions such as Cavendish Nuclear and the Office for Nuclear Regulation regularly providing constructive input. 

Employers clearly articulated the importance of having graduates with a good knowledge and understanding of the cultural environment and behavioural standards of the nuclear industry. With that in mind, the course was structured to provide not only scientific skills development but also commercial, communications and project management training. 

Jean Llewellyn OBE, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy for Nuclear, said: “I am delighted to see this well-deserved recognition for the CoNP. This innovative course has been developed at the request of industry and with the involvement of our members throughout.” 

The first students to undertake the programme, which launched in 2012, are due to graduate later this month.

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk