Sustained performance of nuclear technology depends on access to a talented and well-qualified workforce, thus it is important to ensure that adequate infrastructures exist for education and training.
The NEA supports the maintenance and development of essential skills capabilities, particularly through education and training in nuclear law, radiological protection and in encouraging students to pursue careers in the nuclear field by proposing a multinational framework among interested countries to maintain and build skills capabilities.
Over the last few years, education, training and knowledge management in nuclear science and technology have been very high priority, topical issues for the international community, notably in the context of a prospective nuclear renaissance. There is great concern that skilled manpower in sufficient quantities, as well as adequate infrastructures for collecting and disseminating information will not be available.
The NEA launched the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework in partnership with its member countries to help address important gaps in nuclear skills capacity building, knowledge transfer and technical innovation in an international context.