Training and development at NDA
A Nuclear Decommissioning Authority case study

Page 1: Introduction

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Nuclear reactors for the production of energy (electricity) were first used in the mid-1950s. In 2005 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) was set up by the UK government to clear and decontaminate the UK's civil public sector nuclear sites. NDA is a non-departmental public body formed by the Energy Act 2004. The NDA has its head office in West Cumbria and a network of four offices across...
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Page 2: Human Resources strategy

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An organisation depends on its employees to deliver its objectives. The Human Resources (HR) department manages and develops an organisation's workers. HR departments carry out workforce planning. This involves assessing the workforce needs of an organisation in terms of the numbers of workers and the skills and capabilities required. Employers consider their future workforce needs to allow...
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Page 3: The strategic role of training and development

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To secure training and skills for the future, NDA must start in the classroom. It then follows the journey of potential and current employees on to college, university and post-graduate research. Its Skills and Capability Strategy directly relates to its People strategy, focusing on developing employees to deliver and sustain world-class skills. It also offers career pathways to meet future...
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Page 4: Training

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Training is the acquisition of knowledge and skills to enable a person to carry out a specific task or job. Training benefits employees in several ways: It increases their sense of ownership in the business and encourages motivation. Staff become more organised, productive and flexible and therefore better able to meet the needs of internal and external customers. New skills and abilities...
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Page 5: Development at NDA

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Development is about helping workers develop and broaden their capabilities to assist their career progress. It helps to increase levels of employee motivation and produce long-lasting competencies. This means that employees become more positive, productive and valuable to the organisation in the long term.  Motivation theorists suggest that if workers are allowed to grow and extend their...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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The NDA recognises it has a key role to play in leading the development of world-class nuclear skills. Training and developing its people helps it to fulfil its mission and operate to the highest standards. Effective training and development helps employees to reach their full potential whilst providing the organisation with the skills and capabilities it needs for the long term. 'I firmly...
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