Support to newcomer & expanding countries
The French electronuclear industry was born in the 1960s. Back then, France had very few domestic resources: neither coal, nor oil, but a strong desire to become energy independent. A whole industry gradually developed to build and then operate nuclear power plants and associated fuel cycle facilities.
The need for individuals who possessed specialized and thorough knowledge, skills and abilities soon became both critical and growing. To meet this need and ensure the safe operation of its newly built facilities, France progressively designed and implemented an exhaustive range of highly specialized programs to train its nuclear workforce. All programs were set up in close relationship with research organizations and industry so as to fully benefit from their latest advances and experience feedbacks.
Thanks to this careful and extensive work, the French nuclear education system now covers the complete spectrum of professions necessary to the development and operation of a fleet of nuclear power plants and fuel cycle facilities: technicians for operation, radiation protection, safety, security, and maintenance; engineers and researchers for design, operation and innovation; experts in all fields, such as materials, safety, radiation protection, nuclear law, and project management; managers; professors, and teachers to transfer the corresponding knowledge and skills.
Over the years, France has established active collaboration with many countries wishing to develop and expand their nuclear programs. Whether for the development of human capacity building roadmaps or the set-up of joint training centers, it has always worked hand-in-hand with fellow countries to help them achieve “safe, secure, and sustainable nuclear power programs”. These partnerships have been established in compliance with IAEA guidelines. At the request of IAEA, French nuclear educational institutions and industrial companies also regularly organize training courses for decision-makers on human capacity building and human resource development.
For countries that intend to develop civilian nuclear power programs, the major challenge is to ensure sufficient and well-trained staff to manage all the stages of their projects. France has been working on human resource development in the nuclear industry for nearly 60 years and has already been actively involved in many international nuclear projects. The high level of expertise of the French nuclear workforce is now a worldwide acknowledged asset of its industry. This expertise has been shared for decades with other countries and will be shared in the future with countries in need of support and assistance in the development of their nuclear power programs.
The International Institute of Nuclear Energy’s (I2EN) mission is to advise newcomer countries on the definition and implementation of their human capacity building plans and to coordinate academic and industrial players to this end. Together with its partners, I2EN assembles the most suited combination of training solutions adapted to the needs of newcomer and expanding countries.