North American nuclear industry facing major workforce shortage, report says

A report by GlobalData says that the nuclear power industry in the U.S. and Canada must “significantly” promote education and careers or else there will be a major shortage of qualified workers to support nuclear growth plans.

The report says research and development of nuclear technology is necessary for the growth of the industry. The industry will also experience a large amount of retirements of workers, which has an adverse impact on nuclear research as knowledge and experience will be lost. An increase in the number of experienced faculty at educational institutions could have a significant positive impact on the production of a quality nuclear workforce.

Canada is facing a similar struggle, as a report published in 2008 by the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) estimates that around 38 percent of workers in the nuclear industry are above the age of 50, and therefore approaching retirement age. A significant increase in the hiring of new employees is expected in the Canadian nuclear industry to curb this upcoming demand, and it is essential that the government manages knowledge transfer between the new and the old employees in order to maintain a high level of professional understanding.

“We see a number of collaborative approaches to address the skills challenges in the nuclear power sector. Both the industry and the academe are expected to step up their efforts in developing a qualified nuclear workforce”, Jennifer Santos, GlobalData’s Head Consultant, said.

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