Nuclear Human Capacity Building

  • Nuclear Human Capacity Building - A critical challenge for safe and sustainable civilian nuclear power

  • Ensuring the energy supply for the planet and its 8.5 billion inhabitants is one of the biggest challenges we will have to stand up to in the next decades. All over the world, people rightly look forward to having guaranteed and accessible energy.

    More and more countries currently turn towards nuclear energy in order to ensure their energy supply. The need for individuals who possess specialized and thorough nuclear knowledge, skills and abilities is becoming critical and growing. To meet this need and ensure the safe operation of their future and current facilities, countries need to design and implement sound nuclear workforce training plans for all stakeholders, at all stages of their projects.



  • In order to meet Member Sates' needs and help them in the development of their nuclear workforce training plans, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designed a framework for Human Capacity Building which relies upon the following four pillars:



    • Human Resource Development (HRD),
    • Education & Training (E&T),
    • Knowledge Management (KM),  
    • Knowledge Networks (KN).

    Human Resource Development consists in estimating current and future human resource needs by providing a structured roadmap for the lifetime of a program ;  Education & Training consists in establishing education & training institutions and programs ; Knowledge management consists in “capturing, structuring and transmitting knowledge”, and Knowledge networks consists in establishing relationships with other players in order to share knowledge, know-how, and experience at national, regional, and international levels.

    Together, these four pillars cover all the needs of newcomer, expanding, and nuclear countries when willing to either develop or improve their skills management schemes: from human resource planning to networking activities.



  • « Joining efforts to promote the development of nuclear human resources »

    Launched in September 2014 at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, the Capacity Building Initiative aims at understanding the Human Capacity Building needs of newcomer, expanding, and nuclear countries. It shall pool together the HCB offers of all member states and IAEA to produce an exhaustive program directory. The ultimate goal of the Initiative is to identify the gaps between the needs and the offer, and to fulfil them by setting up new programs and complementing the global offer.

    The CBI is to promote nuclear HCB to all IAEA Member States and to involve all of them to enhance nuclear HCB worldwide.


    An initiative for concrete and short terms actions



    • Improving the definition of HRD roadmaps ·        
    • Strengthening HRD roadmaps in newcomer, expanding, and nuclear countries 
    •  Preparing the 3rd  IAEA Conference on HRD (2018)


    • Producing a World Nuclear Capacity Building Inventory
    • Helping newcomer and expanding countries carry out their self-assessments
    • Developing local training centers and training curricula in regions in need


    • Promoting e-learning tools
    • Promoting the use of IAEA’s platforms 
    •  Sharing & promoting public acceptance tools, such as the American “Amazing Atoms” App or the  “Energy Days” organized by EDF


    • Helping identify ICERR needs
    • Assisting new ICERR candidates
    • Estimating a target number of ICERR trainees/year
    • Creating regional & global knowledge networks

  • In the past few years, nuclear education & training has changed a lot.  It has changed with our world - a digitalized world where borders are no longer a matter of passport, but a matter of technological advancement.  More and more training organizations and corporations have invested in innovative teaching & learning tools.

    Traditional learning tools (full-scope simulators to develop competencies in real situations, real-time engineering simulators to analyze physical phenomena in normal, incidental or accidental situations …) are now mixed with new technologies, such as:


    - the internet reactor laboratory, a project launched by IAEA now available on many research reactors such as the Argentinian RA-6 research reactor, the French ISIS reactor, or the PULSTAR reactor in the US. A cost-effective way to educate students in reactor physics and available both for presence and distance training.


    - serious games (interactive computer applications) to improve training efficiency and facilitate the acquisition of professional  behaviors thanks to simulation and complex scenarios.

    Fire situation management software. Through a virtual reality headset, the trainee is immersed in a situation he has to analyze. Using 360° panoramic photographs of NPPs, all sites can be virtually operated in an infinite number of educational scenarios.


    - 3D virtual reality with CAVE systems (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) and virtual reality headsets. Implemented first as engineering study tool to solve design adjustments before construction, this technology is now adapted for training and allows for total immersion in nuclear facilities.


    Training has become more and more interactive, involving attendees in their knowledge and know-how development.

    The examples presented here are only a few among the many innovative teaching & learning tools available for nuclear education & training.

    For more information about the international offer in nuclear education & training, visit the Training Planet and attend the Training Opportunities sessions!

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