SAT Guide

A Good Practice Guide

About the SAT Guide

Since its launch in 2008, NSAN has developed, with the help of its members, a variety of products and services for use in the Nuclear Industry. These range from short courses to fully developed, nationally recognised qualifications open to anyone who is looking to either further their existing nuclear career, or to move into the nuclear sector. These products help address the skills challenges facing the current and future UK Nuclear Programme as identified by our members.

To help organisations and individuals identify the appropriate products and services that meet their business needs, NSAN developed the ‘Capability Model for the UK Nuclear Industry – Good practice approach to training, accreditation and nuclear professionalism’.

The ‘Systematic Approach to Training Guide’ (SAT) has been developed to support the implementation of the flexible, fit for purpose Capability Model, as SAT is firmly embedded throughout the ‘Six Stage Business Process’ and references to relevant stages are made throughout the guide.

Who should use the guide?

This guide is designed primarily for managers working in the Nuclear Supply Chain; not for training specialists. It will also be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand how the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) could work for them.

How will this guide help me?

Training may be necessary in order to improve individual performance, to manage risk or simply to comply with statutory requirements. Whatever the driver, managers will wish to gain value for money by ensuring any training is as effective and cost efficient as possible. For those undertaking training, a positive training experience will encourage future engagement and is likely to improve motivation.


This good practice guide addresses the Systematic Approach to Training (SAT) in the nuclear industry. Good practice has been identified from across the nuclear industry, academic research and the defence, educational and training sectors.

Copies are available FOC for member organisations only.  Speak to your Operations Manager.