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JRC launches initiatives to preserve and upgrade nuclear sector skills

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On 16 December 2011 the JRC launched the European Human Resource Observatory for the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N) and the European Nuclear Safety and Security School (EN3S). The two initiatives are aimed at preserving and upgrading skills in the nuclear field in the European Union.

Competent and highly educated human resources are one of the prerequisites to ensure safe operation of the nuclear installations in the EU. Trends such as workforce ageing and phasing out of nuclear power plants in some EU Member States could jeopardize important knowledge on nuclear maintenance and preservation if no action is taken.

EHRO-N is an instrument to monitor short, medium and long-term needs of human resources and expertise for the different stakeholders in nuclear energy and nuclear safety. By creating a database of nuclear skills and competences needed and by identifying strengths, gaps and deficiencies in the educational and training infrastructure, EHRO-N should inform all those involved in the supply and demand for nuclear human resources in the EU.

EN3S is an initiative to share and reinforce the potential of JRC's expertise and unique facilities in close collaboration with academic and other educational organisations by offering nuclear education and training possibilities to graduate and post-graduate students.