Manufacturers invited to share in growth of nuclear sector

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MANUFACTURING companies in Yorkshire can now apply to join a new support programme to help them compete for work in the civil nuclear industry.

The £76m civil nuclear Sharing in Growth scheme aims to develop the UK manufacturing supply chain and help UK companies win work in nuclear programmes – including new build, operations and decommissioning – at home and overseas.

It is part-funded by government through the Regional Growth Fund, and led by the Nuclear AMRC based at the University of Sheffield with support from Rolls-Royce and other industry leaders.

UK manufacturers of mechanical equipment can now apply to join a four-year programme of business development and training as part of the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth.

The support will be tailored to the needs of the participating companies, and will be worth around £1m to each project.

Professor Keith Ridgway, programme director at the Nuclear AMRC, said: “The nuclear sector provides huge opportunities for UK manufacturing companies, and the Nuclear AMRC is dedicated to helping them become suppliers of choice to the global nuclear industry.

“Sharing in Growth is a flagship programme which allows us and our industrial partners to work with the most promising suppliers, and prepare them to compete and succeed at home and worldwide. I would encourage any manufacturer who is serious about the sector to apply.”

Support provided under the civil nuclear Sharing in Growth programme will include shopfloor manufacturing improvement, process improvement, leadership development and specific nuclear sector knowledge. Support will continue for four years, ensuring that it delivers sustainable benefits.

To be considered for the first round, applications must be received by 10am on July 15.

Companies can find out more about the programme and download an application form at: