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Planning of personnel training activities for the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam

Planning of personnel training activities for the first nuclear power plant in Vietnam

On 19-22 July 2011 a mission of SC “Rosatom” led by Dr Yu.N.Seleznev, Rector of Central Institute for Continuing Education and Training (CICE&T) was working in Hanoi. The mission team also included Dr. V.V. Karezin (Project Director, SC “Rostaom”), Dr. V.V. Artisyuk ( Director of International Training Centre, CICET) and A.Yu.Yuzhakov (Head of engineering center for ensuring human factor reliability and personnel training, VNIIAES). The mission was aimed to discuss the best international and Russia’s practices and recommendations in reliable provision of human resources for the first country’s NPP and a plan of priority activities in developing human resources and establishing training system for the Vietnam NPP. The meeting was held with the management of EVN – the electricity generation company in Vietnam accounting for 67% of the installed power generation capacity in the country. EVN is the company which will become the operating organization for the first NPP in Vietnam and be responsible for education, recruitment, training and qualification of NPP personnel. The meeting focused on the ways of accelerated training of specialists for the Vietnam nuclear power sector, so that by the time the NPP is put into operation all staffing requirements are met, for all categoriers of personnel including operators and managers. The sides have agreed on the need to establish, as soon as possible, a training system including the training center for the Vietnam NPP. The training centre will serve for training of the site personnel throughout construction, commissioning and operation phases. Significant part of training is to be conducted in Russia and will concentrate on practical aspects, and will include hands-on training using simulators and on job training at a reference NPP. Among other issues discussed, was training and development of Vietnam instructors for the national training center.

Members of the mission visited Electric Power University – the EVN corporate university engaged in education by university programs and continuing training of EVN technical specialists and managers. Last year the Nuclear Power Development Division was opened in the corporate university, with 58 students already studying there. The plan is to enroll as many as 100 students every year. Traditionally, the corporate university has been maintaining strong links with the Moscow Energy Institute, the core of the teaching staff being the MEI graduates. Starting from 2011 the Russian language courses are being conducted in the corporate university. All this offers good opportunities for pursuing post-university career paths for Vietnamese specialists, who are supposed to receive practical training at the reference NPP in Russia. The participants of meeting also acknowledged the need in organizing courses for advanced training of instructors in technical disciplines (reactor technologies, reactor physics, thermohydraulics, radiation and nuclear safety), with the practical classes to be held at Russian NPPs.