As the current nuclear workforce ages, concerns are arising over skills requirements and transferring knowledge to the new generation of experts and staff. A key issue is the loss of tacit knowledge accumulated by those who have long experience in the nuclear industry.
The best way to transfer knowledge to young people is to expose them to challenges through working on new projects, creating a continuity in the knowledge path.
The management of critical knowledge concerns all sectors of the nuclear organisations (suppliers, utilities, regulators and all levels of the nuclear workforce).
There exists a need to maintain a critical mass of nuclear activities at the national level to retain knowledge without discontinuity.