Nuclear Power Industry gets a Helping Hand for Workforce Planning

Good News!  There’s now a comprehensive tool (plus a conference and training Sept. 10-12) that assists countries in exploring and determining their human resource needs for starting or improving their nuclear energy power plant program.

It’s no secret that IX Power is an advocate for nuclear energy. Recognizing that implemented properly, nuclear power is still the cleanest, most environmentally friendly, and possibly the least expensive method for delivering electricity, we believe there is a place for nuclear in the energy programs of many countries.  Indeed, today a considerable number of countries continue to be interested in incorporating nuclear power in their energy mix.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

Hosted by the IX Power Foundation, the Conference and Training on the NPHR (Nuclear Power Human Resources) tool will be held in London, England, 10-12 September 2012.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides guidance so that every country can explore whether developing their own sovereign nuclear programme is appropriate for them. Many do see a path to energy independence through nuclear, and are exploring the many options available to them to establish a programme that fits their country’s unique needs.      

The nuclear energy power plant industry is growing. About 13.5% of the world’s electricity production in 2010 came from nuclear power. In 31 countries around the globe, 436 nuclear power plant units with 370 GW of installed electric net capacity are in operation. Sixty-three new nuclear plants, with an installed capacity of 60 GW are under construction in 15 countries.

However, every country requires a programme that fits their country’s unique needs, goals and available resources.  An essential step in their pursuit of a nuclear power plant programme is researching and planning to forecast and procure human resources. This “workforce” is needed right from the start to budget, construct, and regulate nuclear power plants, as well as safely operate, fuel, refuel, maintain, and eventually decommission them. Human resource planning is equally important for those countries that have currently operating plants. At the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the importance of the workforce – in particular, establishing and maintaining education and training for the safety of nuclear power plant infrastructure, radiation, and waste safety – continues to be emphasized every year.

Until now there has been no independent tool allowing countries to evaluate and make workforce plans to fit their own particular needs.

Introducing NPHR Workforce Modelling & Analysis Software

Created for the International Atomic Energy Agency, NPHR is a new and unique human resources, regulatory, and operations software planning tool that originated at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. NPHR was initially designed to assist in the creation of a nuclear power capability in countries without an established infrastructure. However, countries well experienced in nuclear power plant planning can also benefit from NPHR’s rational and comprehensive approach to staff planning for existing and new plants. The software is provided free of charge by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IX Power Foundation, with support from the London-based Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) will be holding a conference and training session on NPHR 10-12 September 2012 in London.

Click Here for the IX Power Foundation Press Release on NPHR

What NPHR Provides

Outputs of the NPHR software tool include a model representation of the proposed nuclear power programme, from initial planning phases to plant decommissioning. The software includes the ability to change assumptions related to power demand, plant construction time-lines, and other major factors.

Nuclear Workforce

The NPHR software includes analysis of the workforce for construction, plant operations, and the regulatory body, reflecting the qualified personnel required to support the planning, procurement, construction, licensing, regulation, start-up and operation of a nuclear power plant.

• Assumptions on staffing levels can be changed to see the impact on workforce demand.  

• Users have the ability to compare assumptions for outsourcing strategies.

• The software includes workforce and infrastructure, which are linked to form a logically consistent structure.

• While running the model, variations in the demand for power, the rate of nuclear power growth, and workforce assumptions can be made and continually iterated to reach an optional workforce programme reaching decades into the future.

• The models provided by NorIX outline the initial conditions and baseline plan for nuclear power in that country.

Education & Training

In addition, model ouputs from NPHR include a representation of the country’s national education system for career paths related to nuclear power. For planning future supply of qualified workers, the model allows investigation of recruitment into nuclear career paths and attrition from the educational pipeline. The model also allows investigation of opportunities for specialized training for nuclear plant operating staff.

Who Should Attend the NPHR Conference & Training in London, 10-12 September 2012

  • Agents and representatives of governments interested in building or operating new or existing nuclear power plants
  • Education and training institutions involved in the nuclear industry
  • Nuclear and other energy human resource/manpower planners
  • Anyone involved in energy planning for their country or in operating & building a nuclear plant

 Benefits of Attending

  • Insight on beginning a new nuclear power plant programme or improving an existing one
  • How to build an effective resource pool of requisite talent and skills
  • Working knowledge of the new NPHR human resource analysis tool and how it benefits energy industries
  • Hands-on training to use and customize NPHR to build the appropriate workforce, regulatory and educational resources for your country
  • Valuable contacts for starting or improving your nuclear power plant program

Click here to learn more about the September Conference & Training on the NPHR tool.


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