Welding Project

Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to identify and address the key risks to welding skills capability and capacity for the nuclear industry as it approaches a period of unparalleled growth. The objective of the project is to develop a plan comprising priority interventions that will help to resolve critical welding skills issues.

Problem Statement

There is a shortage across welding disciplines, including operators, technicians and engineers. Particular issues exist in respect of coded welders and high integrity pipe welding. Professionals routinely move between sectors, with more complex and higher integrity welder training limited.  Lack of diversity and an ageing  workforce also pose a major risk.
Project sponsored by

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is a British integrated energy company with a fleet of nuclear power stations, and is Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity.

Project Milestones



Phase complete.


Phase complete


Phase not started

Business case approved and funding secured

6th December 2023
The NSSB agreed the recommended actions and the Nuclear Skills Taskforce agreed to fund them.

Recommended actions considered and agreed by NSSB

5th October 2023
The group produced a list of recommended actions meeting the needs that were shown in the previous phase.

Problem explored and defined

1st March 2023
The group reviewed the skill needs in high- level Welding within the Nuclear sector and produced a report showing the highest priorities.

Project Team

Chaired by Jamie White (EDF) this task and finish group consists of cross-sector specialists with demonstrable expertise in the supply and demand of welding skills for the nuclear sector. For more information about the work of this group contact nssgmembers@cogentskills.com

Working Together

The Nuclear Skills Delivery Group is the employer-led Nuclear Industry Skills lead and provides ‘one voice’ to government.
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