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Equality & Diversity

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the Nuclear Industry

NSAN works with its member companies in identifying and implementing ED&I strategies.  As part of the Nuclear Sector Deal, NSAN worked with the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG), helping produce the NSSG ED&I Strategy.

More recently we introduced ED&I as a new category in the coveted UK Nuclear Skills Awards and applications exceeded expectations, with entries from companies involved in all aspects of the nuclear sector.   We have given examples below of what ED&I means to NSAN, and also details of initiatives that are currently being undertaken in the industry.  Please get in touch if you would like further information on how NSAN can assist with your ED&I needs.

Equality means that everyone, regardless of which of the nine ‘protected characteristics’ they represent, have the right to the same treatment as others within that group.  Individuals or groups of individuals are not treated less favourably on those characteristics.   People cannot be discriminated based upon their age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, gender, whether they are pregnant or their marital status.  It could also be argued that equality means that the outcome is ‘the same’ for all people i.e. putting practices, procedures and/or tools in place to ensure that those who may be affected by one of the nine protected characteristics has the ability to engage on a level playing field.

Diversity is the way in which people and society differ in many ways.  It takes into account things such as people’s age, their religion, lifestyle choices.  Whether they are affluent or poor, have enriching lives or struggle daily.  Diversity recognises that each individual is unique and that we should recognise these differences, often by embracing and celebrating the difference that cultures from other countries bring to an area.

Inclusion is about ensuring that no one feels left out because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or other factors such as social background. Organisations embrace an inclusive working environment that allows employees to be themselves at work. They are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources and can contribute fully to the organisation’s success.

Equality and Diversity can bring with them many challenges, so to promote workplace inclusion, organisation’s need to consider how their staff will work together on a daily basis.  A few points to consider as follows:

Are training sessions structured in a way that lets everyone get involved?
Are benefits and perks you are offering accessible to all of your employees, or just a select few?
Do employees feel comfortable expressing their needs and do you work together to create solutions that benefit you both?
Are you letting employees express their ideas, which can create innovative business solutions?

Initiatives that may be of interest...

Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) 

The vision of the NSSG is to have a progressive, diverse and inclusive nuclear sector that inspires, attracts and retains people from all communities and reflects the diversity of UK society.  An ED&I Strategy for the nuclear sector has been developed... 



Royal Academy of Engineering

The Academy leads a programme to increase diversity & inclusion across engineering. It's working towards the vision of an inclusive profession that attracts and retains people from diverse backgrounds and is reflective of the society.



Diversity & Inclusion in UK Nuclear

Diversity and Inclusion in UK Nuclear, is teaming up with Equal Engineers to hold a workshop tour in 2020. The workshop topic will be: 'Engineering a Winning Workforce: Engaging the Majority’. Diversity and Inclusion in UK nuclear.  




A new training initiative for nuclear employers to help increase workforce diversity and create more inclusive workplaces is now open to engineering construction employers.  The course will be offered nationwide with key dates in locations where there are clusters of nuclear sector companies.



Women in Nuclear UK

Women in Nuclear UK are a Nuclear Institute network. Their mission is to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues.




EqualEngineers and on a mission to make Engineering & Technology
more Diverse & Inclusive. EqualEngineers provides solutions for companies through training, recruitment, media and events. 



Nuclear Institute

The Nuclear Institute have taken measures to ensure that their structures and practices reflect the diversity of the industry, and are part of the industry-wide move that seeks equality for underrepresented groups.  They have a number of links to resources.


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