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Skills Needs & Planning Service (SNAP)

The NSAN SNAP Service is a facilitated skills and training needs diagnostic and planning service in one complete package. It is a systematic way of understanding a company’s external business drivers, objectives, priorities and workforce development needs. It looks at short, medium and long-term goals, and helps a business to choose the most effective training and development options for its staff, which are directly linked to improved business performance.

The SNAP Service has been developed by NSAN using our experience of working with member companies to identify, quantify and improve skills gaps and shortages.  It uses tools that have been developed by nuclear industry employers supported by NSAN, such as the Nuclear Industry Capability Model, Maturity Assessment Tool and Systematic Approach to Training. More details on these are at he bottom of this page.

How is it delivered?
The SNAP process involves a series of facilitated workshops attended by the client’s senior leadership team and/or designated managers. It is most effective when it is championed by the CEO or Managing Director, and ideally includes the heads of key functions, e.g. HR & training, operations, engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing and finance.

The workshops are led by a senior manager from NSAN who is experienced in the SNAP process. The workshops run through the following business priorities:

1) Change drivers
2) Business objectives
3) Lead departments or functions
4) Actions to meet the objectives
5) Skills and training needs – current and future state map
6) Sources of training and development (& signposting if needed) 
7) Plan, do, check, act review (PDCA) 

The duration of the workshops is normally two full days (or four half days) over a period of two to three weeks, although this can be flexible and more time may be needed for large companies.

The final output is an organisation level training matrix linked to business objectives, which can be used in business planning, training needs analysis and skills and competency assessment and development 

How can I Access this Support?
If you are a member of the NSAN, please contact your Relationship Manager for more information.

If you are not a member, please click here to register your interest.

Tools available to members

Capability Model for the UK Nuclear Industry

This document has been developed to clearly articulate to Senior Representatives within the nuclear sector (Operators and Supply Chain) the various skills development tools and techniques (Capability Model) available for implementation by member organisations of NSAN and Cogent Skills. This will provide employers with the opportunity to apply these good practice guidelines and continue on the journey to excellence demonstrated in many aspects of the nuclear sector. 

This is a model that will enable companies to assess workforce capability and then support the development of a demonstrably competent, safe and secure UK nuclear workforce with the highest standards of nuclear professionalism, driving business performance improvement. The model will be fit for purpose to meet distinct business needs.

All aspects of high quality skills, training and workforce development are encompassed in this model outlining a standard for the whole of the UK nuclear industry.

Benefits of Membership


Dedicated support from a Relationship Manager – you will benefit from face-to-face meetings and have a direct contact for any queries in between meetings. If you need support on anything skills-related, your Relationship Manager will be ready to help.


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