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Nuclear Decommissioning

Statistics show that Scotland’s nuclear power stations at Hunterston B and Torness currently produce around 35% of the country’s energy. The Scottish Government does not support further nuclear new build, but does support a nuclear decommissioning programme in Scotland. (Source: Energy In Scotland Compendium 2014, The Scottish Government)

Size and scope of this market

Nuclear decommissioning in the UK is overseen by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) which has an annual Scottish budget of £250 million. Work has already begun at Dounreay, Chapelcross and Hunterston A power stations, and will continue well into the next decade.

Job opportunities and skills challenges

Significant opportunities exist in the wider supply chain. The NDA estimate that there are around 50 employers in Scotland in the supply chain and currently over 5,000 jobs.

The ageing of the current workforce means we need to encourage more young people to join the sector by promoting the long-term, rewarding career potential of the decommissioning programme.

Knowledge and skills – courses, qualifications and information

In this section you’ll find links to information on courses and qualifications relevant to the nuclear sector. There are also links to other organisations that can help you develop your workforce and your business.


These organisations can help you to address gaps in your workforce knowledge, or when you’re introducing new work processes and practices.

As new opportunities arise and people move on or retire, demand for skills and experience increases. Training workers with similar competencies in other industries is one way to plug the gap.



More employers across many industries are investing in Modern Apprentices. Younger employees bring new energy and diversity to your business, and their training means you have the right mix of skills flowing through your organisation’s talent pipeline.

These industry specific courses and qualifications cover essential skills and competencies in the nuclear and power sectors.

Keeping abreast of changes in qualifications, or employing people from the rest of the UK and Europe with different certificates, can be confusing. Visit Our Skillsforce for information on understanding qualifications