Nuclear Power Engineering
Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes
The nuclear industry relies heavily on a specialized and highly trained workforce for its safety and sustainability. The management of these human resources requires particular attention, due to the high standards of competence and performance required, and the considerable time needed to develop such specialists.
The IAEA supports Member States operating, expanding or developing new nuclear power programmes in acquiring and maintaining competent staff for all nuclear organizations and for all phases of the life cycle of a nuclear facility. Managing Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy provides guidance to decision makers and senior managers in Member States responsible for the availability of a competent and sustainable workforce.
Supporting Human Resource Development
This support takes the form of human resources guidance documents and reports, the provision of workshops and review services and the development and implementation of workforce and training planning tools, and e-learning modules. The development of such services and tools is guided by the IAEA’s Technical Working Group on Managing Human Resources (TWG-MHR).
Expert missions and review services can be provided to help Member States develop and enhance their national and organisational human resources plans, to review their training arrangements and provide guidance for long term operation, as part of the IAEA SALTO process (safety aspects of long term operation).
Module 6: Systemic Approach to Training
Systematic Approach to Training (SAT)
SAT is one of the most important tools to enable nuclear facilities to ensure the competence of their personnel by providing a structured approach to ensure that any training provided is based on their actual needs and is properly evaluated to ensure its effectiveness. Training can be provided on the SAT approach, and a new SAT e-learning module has recently been created.
E-learning for Nuclear Newcomers
E-learning can be a useful tool, especially for knowledge based learning where audiences may be large and have diverse knowledge base levels. It allows students to learn at their own convenience and speed, and is ideal for taking learners to a common level of understanding, prior to participating in more advanced, group based learning activities. Since 2012, the IAEA has been developing a series of e-learning modules based on the IAEA Milestones approach for nuclear infrastructure development.
Managing Human Performance
Nuclear industry experience shows that within nuclear power plants, 80% of significant events can be attributed to human error. Monitoring and continually improving human performance has now become one of the key challenges in the management of human resources for a nuclear facility.
A new report has been developed to provide practical guidance in this area and assist Member States to review and improve the systems and process for improving human performance as a major contribution to sustaining and improving the performance of nuclear facilities.
Public acceptance is often identified by Member States as one of the biggest obstacles to initiating a nuclear power programme. These countries face the challenging task of designing and implementing successful stakeholder involvement programmes, which often start with a need to communicate first about energy policies and second to strengthen public understanding of nuclear power, especially its benefits and risks.
The IAEA conducts national and regional workshops and review missions on stakeholder involvement, and provides guidance on how to communicate effectively with stakeholders in order to enhance public confidence and to involve both internal and external stakeholders. Stakeholder Involvement Throughout the Life Cycle of Nuclear Facilities proposes a route to effective stakeholder involvement through all phases (i.e. construction, operation, radioactive waste management and decommissioning) and the use of up-to-date methods to implement stakeholder involvement programmes.
IAEA Key Publications
Managing Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-G-2.1)
Workforce Planning for New Nuclear Power Programmes (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-3.10)
Managing Human Performance to Improve Nuclear Facility Operation (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-2.7)
Stakeholder Involvement Throughout the Life Cycle of Nuclear Facilities (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NG-T-1.4)
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