ANNETTE aims at enhancing the Europe-wide efforts initiated in the past decades by different organisations belonging to academia, research centres and industry to maintain and develop education and training in the different nuclear areas.
The European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN), as coordinator of the project, together with the other participants, is committed to perform coordination and support actions coherent with the SET Plan Roadmap for Education and Training for the nuclear sector, tightening the links between the areas of nuclear safety/engineering, radiation protection, waste management and geological disposal at the same time, by better coordinating their contributions in the E&T fields. The transition from science to technology occurring in the fusion research environment justifies an additional effort to tighten the links with fussion.
Links with the SNE-TP, IGD-TP and MELODI platforms, with EHRO-N, NUGENIA and other bodies interested in maintaining or developing the nuclear (fission / fusion) workforce throughout Europe (ENSREG, HERCA, WENRA, ENEF, FORATOM, EuroFusion, FIIF 1 etc.) are forseen in Europe.
NUSHARE is a FP7 project implementing a European Education, Training and Information initiative proposed by the Commissioner for Research and Innovation and the Commissioner for Energy after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011 (Fukushima). Its main objective is to develop and implement education, training and information programmes strengthening competences required for achieving excellence in nuclear safety culture. Particular attention is being paid to lessons learned from stress tests conducted on all EU nuclear Power Plants in response to the the Fukushima accident and to sharing best practices at the European level.
NUSHARE addresses the specific needs of different stakeholders in nuclear safety by the development and EU-wide dissemination of programmes for three target groups:
- Policy decision makers and opinion leaders at the level of governments, parliaments, international organisations, scientific communities, journalists;
- Staff members of Nuclear Regulatory Authorities and Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs);
- Electric utilities, systems suppliers, and providers of nuclear services at the level of responsible personnel, in particular managers.
Sharing common frameworks for education and training (E&T) would better secure the overall provision and reduce the risk of training shortage especially in countries with modest nuclear facilities.
Sustainable E&T in geological disposal are of central importance and requires significant participation of the parties involved and also perennial structure for management and organization.
End-users have not only to determine the objectives of the training programme but also have to contribute to its content by bringing practical activities, real case studies and technical skills. They are not only “customers” of the programme but also it “providers”.
EACEA EUJEP 2The EUJEP 2 promotes bilateral study/training programmes and internships mobility based on mutual recognition of periods of study and awarded credits and of existing E&T programmes in nuclear disciplines. It will support the mobility of professionals (teaching and administrative staff) with a view to improving mutual understanding of, and expertise in Nuclear E&T issues relevant to Nuclear Safety, Safety Culture and Management of Nuclear Installations after the Fukushima accident. EUJEP 2 will improve current practice to prepare students for work in an international context and it will set up a framework for student mobility with full recognition of the study/training period abroad. In the long term, the impact of this young generation is expected to benefit to the safe design, construction and operation of nuclear power plants and to the implementation of nuclear and radiation technologies with respect to their sustainability, their reliability and their safety aspects.
FP7 ENEN RU II
Following-up on the structured dialogue established in the framework of cooperation through the FP7 ENEN-RU I project, in compliance with Agreement for cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear safety dated October 03, 2001. The objectives of the ENEN-RU II project are: based on the achievements of the FP7 ENEN-RU project, to further define a common basis for effective cooperation between the European and Russian networks for nuclear Education &Training (E&T); to define a detailed implementation plan based on the needs of cooperation in the long-term agreed during the ENEN-RU project; to solve the difficulties for cooperation found during the ENEN-RU project; to implement the plan in a sustainable manner; to operate the knowledge management framework; and to list up and promote further use of E&T facilities, laboratories and equipments.
FP7 TRASNUSAFE PROJECT
The objective of this project is to design, develop and test two relevant training schemes on Nuclear Safety Culture with a European environment, based on a specific evaluation of the training needs. The general objective includes the four follwoing specific objectives:
i) An analysis of the training needs will be carried out across Europe through data collection and seminars organised in different regional locations; the reults will be availalbe at month 12;
ii) The links between the ALARA principle currently used in the radiation protection community and the safety culture of the nuclear industry will be clarified to reach a common approach making the attendance of managers from both groups to a basic training module possible; the conculsions will be available at month 10;
iii) Based on the results of the analysis of the training needs, the two training schemes will be designed and developed with a common generic basis module, and four specialised modules; the end of the development coincides with the end of the project (month 48);
iv) The training schemes will be validated by testing the new teaching modules by means of pilot sessions and by making corrections where they appear to be necessary; the report on the pilot sessions will be available at month 45.
The project covered the structuring, organisation, coordination and implementation of training schemes in cooperation with local, national and international training organisations, to provide training to professionals active in nuclear organisations or their contractors and subcontractors. The training schemes provide a portfolio of courses, training sessions, seminars and workshops for continuous learning, for upgrading knowledge and developing skills. The training schemes allow the individual to acquire qualifications and skills, as required by specific positions in the nuclear sector, which will be documented in a training passport. The essence of such passport is to be recognised within the EU by the whole nuclear sector, which provides mobility to the individual looking for employment and an EU wide recruitment field for the nuclear employers.
FP7 PETRUS II
The aim of the PETRUS 2 project was to enable present and future professionals on radioactive waste management in Europe, whatever their initial disciplinary background, to follow a training programme on geological disposal which would be widely recognized across Europe. In addressing the needs of the end-users, access to a combination of education (formal), continuous learning and professional development (non-formal) will be offered and developed within the project.
The overall objective of this 7th Framework Programme project is to develop European high-quality "reference standards" and good practices for education and training in radiation protection (RP), specifically with respect to the radiation protection expert (RPE) and the radiation protection officer (RPO). These "standards" will reflect the needs of the RPE and the RPO in all sectors where ionising radiation is applied. The introduction of a radiation protection training passport as a mean to facilitate efficient and transparent European mutual recognition is another ultimate deliverable of this project. It is envisaged that the outcome of this project will be instrumental for the cooperation between regulators, training providers and customers (nuclear industry, research, non-nuclear industry, etc.) in reaching harmonization of the requirements for, and the education and training of RPEs and RPOs within Europe, and will stimulate building competence and career development in radiation protection to meet the demands of the future.
The situation concerning nuclear human resource has deteriorated in the EU in the past decades and there is a risk of the loss of important nuclear knowledge if no action is taken. This prompted the Council of the EU to conclude, on 1 December 2008, that it is “essential to maintain in the European Union a high level of training in the nuclear field” and, at the same time, preserve the skills that we already have. (Council’s Nuclear Safety Directive, 25 June 2009). The idea of EHRO-N emerged within the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF), which was launched by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER).
The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP) was officially launched on 21 September 2007 in Brussels. This Technology Platform aims at coordinating Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RDD&D) in the field of nuclear fission energy. It gathers stakeholders from industry (technology suppliers, utilities and other users), research organisations including Technical Safety Organisations (TSO), universities and national representatives.