From 25th to 27th of September, 2018 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized the 13th Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Managing Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy (TWG-MHR). The meeting was attended by 15 representatives from 14 IAEA Member States (Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, UK, Ukraine) and 10 IAEA staff members. Rosatom Technical Academy was represented by the head of project office “Nuclear Education Transfer” Mr. Ilia Filipev.
The main purpose of the TWG is to support the implementation of the IAEA’s activities in the area of human resources development in the ﬁeld of nuclear energy (with a focus on human resources at nuclear facilities, personnel training and qualiﬁcation, and human performance improvement) by providing recommendations to the IAEA Secretariat regarding the organization and implementation of projects, technical meetings and other activities related to management of human resources.
During the meeting of the TWG, the participants presented reports highlighting the experience of the states in the field of human resources management and training of NPP personnel, focusing on the difficulties encountered and lessons learned. Rosatom Technical Academy presented the experience of implementing a project on the establishment of a pool of instructors to provide NPP personnel training for international projects. The approach is unique for Russia. Part of the pool of instructors is going to be formed by graduates from ROSATOM Core universities who then take a two-year intensive training at the Academy, similar to the NPP operating personnel training (including practice at an NPP), with the addition of modules on instructor skills and English language. In a report made by a representative of the French utility EDF during the meeting, it was noted that the French nuclear industry for about 40 years has been following a similar approach in training instructors and combining young instructors and instructors with NPP work experience during the training process.
During the group-work sessions of the TWG, the participants also developed recommendations for revisions of two IAEA publications: “Managing Human Resources in the Field of Nuclear Energy” (No. NG-G-2.1) and “Assuring the Competence of Nuclear Power Plant Contractor Personnel” (IAEA-TECDOC -1232).