Case studies

Offering opportunity for the future fuel cycle workforce

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Challenge

Retaining skills on a national scale

At a time when future large-scale nuclear projects are shrinking, the UK must maintain and grow our experienced nuclear fuel cycle capability to be in a position to take advantage of future opportunities.

Solution

Shaping opportunity for training and influence

AFCP allows DBD to develop and maintain fuel cycle capabilities and experience at a time when commercial opportunities are reducing in the UK, whilst enabling us to help shape a national mission. And as an SME, this programme enables us to us to have a “voice” in steering a national programme.

Impact

Providing meaningful foundations for future innovation

In being part of a national UK programme that supports Net Zero, our work in AFCP is positive from a reputation point of view and allows us to develop and maintain fuel cycle capabilities and experience – especially within junior members of staff – to support future new missions in the UK and internationally.

Our AFCP project has provided a stable level of work, which has enabled us to invest in developing our early career resources in fuel cycle technology. This is invaluable at a time when it is becoming harder to gain real experience in this area.

AFCP has provided a base load from which DBD can build and maintain resources in fuel cycle technology that support future projects when they arise in 5-10 years, but where there is no current commercial mission.

Our work has also enabled us to form working relationships with other organisations we’d met through AFCP. By being a national programme, AFCP also helps establish credibility in this area for us as an SME, which will translate to opportunities outside the UK.