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IAEA Launches Free Interactive Webinars for Training Nuclear Facility Staff

The IAEA is launching a series of interactive webinars to strengthen the development and implementation of effective training and qualification programs for nuclear facility personnel. The first webinar, on June 9 2020, will provide an overview of this training of trainers’ series, with a brief review of its building blocks.

Nuclear facilities, from new projects and facilities in operation to decommissioning and waste management, need highly trained and competent staff due to the complexity of the technology and the need for high standards of performance, safety and conduct. Over the course of seven webinars, participants will learn from and interact with international experts while engaging on different topics related to training and qualification.

Setting the stage for the series, the first webinar will address different aspects of training and qualifications and how to achieve high quality and effectiveness. Identifying personnel to be trained, the type of training required and the difference between training in pre-operational and operational facilities will also be discussed. 

“Superficially, in new build programs and the pre-operational phases the challenges and approaches look the same,” Simon Earp, Pre-Operations Deputy Director at EDF Energy in the United Kingdom, said. “However, to those currently engaged or planning to engage in new build projects these challenges can be considerable and require careful planning involving long lead times and dynamic management. This webinar will explore some of the key differences.” Earp will be one of the webinar speakers.

The series will target staff at nuclear operators. Participation in the webinars is free of charge and open to all following registration. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and join in interactive segments during the webinars.

The second webinar, on September 8 2020, will address how to build an effective training environment and highlight management support, a good learning environment, the interface between training and the line organization and the qualities needed to be an effective instructor.

The third webinar, on November 10 2020 will address the question whether training can improve performance. It will highlight how training or other activities can be used to bring out the best in staff, and how training needs to be aligned with other aspects of a facility’s management system.

The remaining four webinars will take place during 2021 and address topics such as implementing innovations in training, assessing the effectiveness of completed training, training the next generation of nuclear facility staff, and finding practical solutions to common challenges through a systematic approach to training (SAT). 

“Training is key to achieving and maintaining the required competence of nuclear facility personnel,” said Dohee Hahn, Director of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Power. “This new webinar series will provide a vital platform for nuclear professionals to enhance their expertise by interacting with top international experts.”

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