Training and 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 abilities, they will take greater responsibility. This will make them more effective in their work.

NDA supports talent development by investing in employees and by creating great teams. A comprehensive learning and development package is provided at individual, team and organisation level to meet the needs of the business. Individuals take many different development paths, depending on their abilities and qualifications.


As part of their development, nuclear graduates also act as 'champions' for the industry. For example, to help others learn more about what working in the nuclear industry is like, graduates contribute blog entries to the Nuclear Graduates Footprints website.

Graduates may have a first degree in any subject. For instance, Michael has a degree inEnglish Literature.

'My first placement was at the NDA headquarters in Cumbria. Three weeks of team building exercises including kayaking and trekking provided an introduction to the industry! I started working in the Communications Directorate helping with the marketing of the graduate scheme.

I am currently on my second secondment for the Nuclear Industry Association based in London and I'm working in communications again as a lobbyist. This means providing information to government and the industry ready for the nuclear new build and giving briefings to reporters on what is happening in the nuclear sector. You need to be innovative and dedicated because the sector is so complicated and you need to keep up-to-date with what is going on. I am pleased to be part of changing the perception of the nuclear industry in the UK. The NDA scheme offered something more: one of its best selling points was that it gives you lots of opportunities and challenges.'

Craig holds a degree in Mechanical, Chemical and Process Engineering.

'I work in a team of engineers and managers from different backgrounds and we are solely responsible for improving and maintaining plant operations. I like the opportunity to solve problems and the technical area of work. I see many different stages of a project, from procurement through to design.

The nuclear graduates programme has provided me with an opportunity to undertake various training courses to expand my knowledge and improve my understanding of safety and other areas related to my profession. The industry is lacking some key engineering expertise in terms of numbers so the opportunities for graduates now and in the near future are wide, varied and exciting.'

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