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Foratom calls for action to avoid shortages of skills

The nuclear energy industry needs to tackle its skills shortage issue “head on” but needs the support of policymakers to speak more positively about the future role of nuclear and to make sure Stem (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects are more attractive to students, the Brussels-based nuclear industry organisation Foratom has said.

In a position paper published on 29 September, Foratom said nuclear provides a range of benefits, including low-carbon energy and vital medical diagnosis and treatment. Nevertheless, some national policies tend to suggest that there is no future for nuclear in the EU, thus discouraging young people from joining the nuclear field.

This trend must be reversed, with EU policies speaking more positively on nuclear, Foratom said. This will help ensure that the bloc has enough people coming into the field to continue its nuclear activities.

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