The people who will run Europe’s new reactors are learning their skills now
In the wake of Europe’s nuclear energy renaissance, the purpose of the Academy is to train post-graduates and high potential employees with different backgrounds to become leaders in European nuclear corporations and institutions.
Broad scope of training options
The Academy will offer a comprehensive nuclear management program based on a theoretical and practical approach focusing on specific European requirements and specifications (economics, politics, technology, legislation, safety standards, certifications). ENELA’s action will be threefold. The academy will offer two training programs.
- The first one is focused on young graduates from different backgrounds (engineering, natural sciences, law, economics, social sciences…) with no professional experience will allow them to acquire skills in nuclear management.
- The second program will train experienced professionals and senior managers to improve their managerial skills.
- Finally ENELA will also serve as a think-tank and organize meetings to bring together representative from the nuclear industry, the political world, the media and civil society.
Strong support from the nuclear industry in Europe
ENELA’s six founding stakeholders – Areva, Axpo, EnBW, E.ON Kernkraft, Urenco and Vattenfall – told a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, that the academy will train young graduates and high-potential employees from different backgrounds to become leaders in nuclear energy. The academy will be in Garching (near Munich).
"This is a very important and unique signal," said Stephan Döhler, executive vice president of Axpo. "The academy addresses the strong need for joining our efforts in attracting and training on an international level the best heads for the European nuclear energy community."
Walter Hohlefelder of EOn Kernkraft added: "Today marks the birth of what could become in the future the one European institution in the field of nuclear energy management and leadership training.”
EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed Enela's establishment, saying: "The nuclear sector faces a serious challenge: it needs to keep and develop knowledge on nuclear at an appropriate level. This is a matter of concern not only to the industry, but also for researchers, regulators and the health sector." He added, "Enela, by focusing on leadership skills, can help to close the gap in existing training programs."
Academy open to additional sponsors and partnerships
The Academy will bring together members of the international nuclear community, including employers, prospective employees as well as political and social opinion leaders. It will facilitate a dialog with industrial and non-industrial stakeholders while improving their mutual awareness and understanding of nuclear energy.
Hohlefelder, who is a member of the supervisory board of E.ON Kernkraft and chairman-designate of ENELA’s advisory board, said the academy could become a leading European institution in nuclear energy management and leadership training. He invited other organizations to join or support the initiative.
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