Foratom calls for action to avoid skills shortage : New Nuclear

29 September 2020

Education and training policy in the European Union must do more to ensure there is a sufficient number of people with the right skills in the nuclear field, according to a new position paper issued by Foratom. The European nuclear trade body suggests a number of actions that the industry and policymakers can take to avoid a skills shortage in the nuclear sector.

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“Society is facing significant challenges in terms of climate change, access to affordable energy, health and employment,” Foratom said. “The European nuclear sector stands ready to meet these challenges.”

However, the position paper says the European nuclear sector as a whole is facing a skills shortage. Industry, research institutes and universities are all facing the same issue because there are fewer secondary students choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in higher education. Foratom said the problem is exacerbated by a

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