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New operator recruits to Sellafield Ltd have completed the first Nuclear Operations Fundamentals course.
The new course has been established to give new operator trainees entering the company the foundation knowledge of how components and equipment works.
Run by GEN11 this intensive eight week training course is based on Nuclear Industry Standards and will provide the base of knowledge that new operators will need before they start work in their designated work areas on site.
Lloyd Keith, Operations training coach, Sellafield Ltd, said: “The course covers base knowledge upfront, concentrating on eight modules which include maths, physics, chemistry, heat transfer fluid flow, electrical, instruments, plant systems and nuclear science.
“This first cohort had nine delegates but we can accommodate up to 20 delegates. The first cohort is now complete with a second running at the moment. From August we will run approximately one course a month until April 2013.
“The feedback we have received has been invaluable as it allows us to make improvements, which benefits both the company and the operators attending the course.”
Ken McEwan, lead for the Training Focus Area of the Integrated Change Programme said: “Well done to all nine who took the course – everyone passed first time. Our aim is to develop our skills and knowledge through better training and to support people in their work.
“Training is a key part of Sellafield Ltd’s drive to achieve excellence and is one the seven focus areas of the Integrated Change Programme.”
Kieron O’Brien a course delegate who will be working in Thorp said: “I found the course really interesting but quite hard going in some places; I particularly liked the Nuclear Science module.
“It will be interesting to see how the knowledge I picked on the course is put into practice in the work place.”