Retaining knowledge in the nuclear industry
NPL was awarded a contract to work with the nuclear industry to help them retain knowledge in the context of an ageing workforce.
NPL uses a value scorecard, like this example, to assess impact of activities
The long timeframes involved in decommissioning and storage, along with the abiding need for the highest health and safety practices are constant realities in the nuclear energy sector. This requires innovative developments from specialists to provide appropriate solutions.
Add to that the complication of an ageing workforce and you have a distinctive set of challenges around retaining know-how. NPL has contracted with key industry members to explore innovative approaches to these challenges.
Using its impact assessment techniques, NPL constructed a value scorecard to identify the priority objectives and address the knowledge management requirements to improve the effectiveness of the strategic relationships that lead to more critical knowledge retention within the sector.
For example, it was identified that the industry needs to nurture its relationships with universities that are active in nuclear energy research. This provides a route to current state-of-the-art knowledge generation, and a source of appropriately skilled graduates and post-graduates.
As a result, the industry client is now better placed to understand how to retain and share knowledge amongst its staff. This will help contribute towards protecting the UK's energy generation expertise.
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