London — July 10
The rapidly growing nuclear industry in Asia needs a huge workforce to support its growth, and the importance of training programs cannot be understated, according to a new report by energy experts at GlobalData, a research firm.
The new report explains that all existing nuclear countries need highly qualified individuals to maintain existing facilities, but the growing ranks of emerging nuclear countries, such as China, India and Japan, demand a flood of new staff to ensure safe and efficient operations.
There is a significant gap, however, in the number of nuclear engineers that are being produced and those that are retiring, the report said, which needs to be addressed in order to keep the world’s nuclear reactors running.
Countries who wish to develop their nuclear strength desperately require training programs and educational courses in order to fulfill this need. Developed nuclear countries can easily develop training programs in collaboration with educational institutions, but emerging nuclear countries may need to seek out collaborations with more experienced counterparts to introduce effective nuclear educational programs, according to GlobalData.
“The problem of skills shortages is becoming a global phenomenon,” said Jennifer Santos, GlobalData’s head consultant. “There is growing consensus among several countries for the need to invest in educating a workforce that meets the requirements of the nuclear power sector. Developing the right skills base is a key priority for the industry.”
The report was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis conducted by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.