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WANO Chairman, Jacques Regaldo, will judge new awards programme focused on excellence in nuclear power education and training

12/07/2013

 

WANO's Chairman, Jacques Regaldo, will be participating as a judge in a new awards programme, developed by Nuclear Engineering International magazine, to recognise excellence in nuclear power education and training.

The nuclear industry is changing. Many senior experts who worked in the golden age of civil nuclear power in the 1970s and 1980s are now retiring. The industry as a whole needs the next generation of recruits.

Second, an industry that demands a culture of continuous improvement—as promoted by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), among others—must continue to spread knowledge and best practice. Training for professionals could play an important part in these initiatives.

Nuclear Engineering International magazine's education and training awards, which is now accepting applications, aim to raise awareness of those programmes that bring young people into the industry,
and that help maintain the skills of existing workers. The awards are open to the entire civil nuclear industry, from front-end fuel cycle to generation to radwaste management to supply chain.

Entries are free. There is no limit to the number of applications, but each course can only be entered into one category. To be eligible, courses must have run for some point over the past 12 months (July
2012-June 2013). Contestants are under no obligation to advertise in the magazine.

An expert panel of judges will choose the best training programmes in the industry. Winners will be profiled in detail in NEI magazine, receive a certificate suitable for framing, and be offered valuable extra promotion.

The awards
To be fair, the training awards have been split into six categories, each with different  judging criteria.

Apprenticeship of the year
Criteria:

  • Engagement with company culture/goals

  • Provision of real-world exposure

  • Degree of training support

  • Mentor quality

  • Apprentice tracking/assessment

Industry skills programme of the year
Criteria:

  • Effectiveness

  • Strategic importance of target group

  • Amount of exposure in marketplace

  • Innovative approach

Recruitment campaign of the year
Criteria:

  • Effectiveness

  • Strategic importance of target group

  • Amount of exposure in marketplace

  • Innovative approach

Training course of the year (1 yr or more)
Criteria:

  • Effectiveness

  • Relevance to industry needs

  • Teacher quality

  • Training rigour

  • Accessibility (for example, online elements)

  • Innovative approach

Training course of the year (less than 1 yr)
Criteria:

  • Effectiveness

  • Relevance to industry needs

  • Teacher quality

  • Training rigour

  • Accessibility (for example, online elements)

  • Innovative approach

Workplace/continuous professional development training course of the year
Criteria:

  • Effectiveness

  • Training rigour

  • Strategic importance of target group

  • Teacher quality

  • Engagement with company culture/goals

Please send applications to the NEI magazine editor, preferably by email: wdal@neimagazine.com or post to: Nuclear Engineering International magazine, Progressive Media Group, 2 Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, Sidcup, Kent DA14 5HZ, UK. The deadline is 16 SEPTEMBER 2013.

For more information visit NEI Magazine website