Nuclear Workforce Initiative
The SRSCRO region of Georgia and South Carolina has the most unique nuclear industry capabilities in the nation. This region is at the forefront of new nuclear power production, environmental stewardship, innovative technology and national security.
Long-term nuclear workforce demand is growing in the region as new nuclear reactors are under construction at the V.C Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County, SC and at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, GA. New facilities are also under construction at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.
As home to the Savannah River Site for more than a half century, the region is heavily invested in atomic energy, not only for its value to national security but as a source of well-paying jobs and economic growth fueled in large part by nuclear-generated electricity used by many industries in both states.
In 2009, the SRSCRO commissioned a survey of eight area nuclear employers that concluded nearly 10,000 new workers will be needed in the next decade to support existing operations and growth in the region’s nuclear industry. That long-term need continues today due to retirements and new industry growth.
In response to the region’s nuclear workforce need, the SRSCRO is implementing a unified strategy through our Nuclear Workforce Initiative (NWI®). We are proactively bringing together the regional private and governmental employers, educational institutions and economic development entities to work as partners. These groups are working together toward the single-minded goal of ensuring that an adequately trained workforce is ready in sufficient numbers to meet the challenges posed by the demand for a new nuclear workforce.
NWI® partners are particularly focused on ensuring that people of the greater SRSCRO Region have an opportunity to develop the skills needed for regional nuclear industry jobs, something we call “Growing Our Own Through Collaboration®.”
The NWI® Steering Committee, comprised of executive managers from nuclear employers, developed the Vision, Mission and Goals for the Nuclear Workforce Initiative.
To provide a well-trained and highly qualified workforce that meets the ongoing needs of the nuclear industry in this region.
To promote and expand nuclear workforce development capabilities by facilitating integrated partnerships between nuclear employers and educational and training entities that foster regional educational attainment, economic growth and job opportunities.
- Facilitate collaboration among nuclear employers on regional staffing needs and incorporate staffing strategies into the Nuclear Workforce Initiative mission.
- Promote nuclear career paths and enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) programs in coordination with existing K-12 public education curriculum requirements.
- Align and coordinate regional educational and training entity curricula and certification requirements to specific job skill needs of nuclear employers.
- Perform outreach and form collaborations to achieve regional and national support to advance the mission of the Nuclear Workforce Initiative.