Education, training and the maintenance of competencies i.e. knowledge management in engineering and sciences is a cornerstone in Europe’s vision for the development of nuclear energy. If one is going to deliver the long term goal of sustainable nuclear fission, it will be necessary to have an adequate resource of well educated and trained young professionals coming into the field, whilst retaining the expertise and competencies. Therefore, in parallel with the development of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Deployment Strategy (DS), it was agreed that work on education, training and knowledge management should be an important cross-cutting activity within SNETP.
What is ETKM WG and who is it aimed at?
A working group was created to act in close co-operation with the Strategic Research Agenda and Deployment Strategy working groups in order to provide a coherent approach for education, training and knowledge management (ETKM).
The ETKM Working Group includes stakeholders from research institutions, industry and EU organisations, with essential support from the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN). The Group is chaired by Professor John Roberts (University of Manchester).
The interaction of the ETKM Working Group with key stakeholders is illustrated in the figure below. The Group will:
identify education and training gaps and recommend actions at appropriate levels,
take account of the knowledge that was accumulated in companies, research centres or regulators and recommend actions for transferring it to younger generations,
support the dialogue on international cooperation in the field of education, training and knowledge management between EURATOM and non-EU countries.
The objectives of the ETKM Working Group are:
- to identify a course of action to secure an adequate ressource of well educated and trained young professionals to support the research recommended in the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)
- to identify the steps required to meet the demand of industry for new competent personnel and the need for teachers in academia.
- to collate the facilities, both exisiting and required, to develop the future human resource necessary to support SRA.
The working group will recommend to the SNETP Governing Board a future framework for nuclear education, training and knowledge management at the European level; in a second step, it will implement this in a sustainable manner to ensure further development of nuclear energy technology in Europe.
The scope of the ETKM WG is sufficiently broad to allow a comprehensive apporach education, training and knowledge management involving all appropriate stakeholders and disciplines and their interactions to be addressed.