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UAE Integrated Education and Training

Integrated Approaches in Nuclear Workforce Development
Vienna, September 19, 2012

Hamad Alkaabi Ambassador, Resident Representative of the UAE to the IAEA


UAE nuclear Power Programme – The Big picture Current status of the UAE nuclear power programme Cornerstones of the UAE capacity building programme Key Players in the Nuclear programme within UAE UAE integrated approach for workforce development ENEC integrated training and capacity building FANR integrated approach to workforce development KU integrated approach to education and training Lessons learnt

UAE Nuclear Power Programme: The Big Picture

Energy Planning Study 2006

Nuclear Policy 2008

Infrastructure Development

First unit followed by sustainable program 2017

Capacity Building


Status of the Nuclear Power Programme in the UAE
UAE Nuclear Policy formulated Programme Management Structure: FANR, ENEC, International Advisory Board, and other entities International Cooperation Framework: IAEA, Government-Government, International experts organizations/TSOs Adherence to relevant International Conventions Prime Contractor chosen: KEPCO (design, construction & joint operation of the first 4 nuclear power reactors units) Reactor: Four 1,400 MW power units of APR1400 Design INIR and IRRS missions successfully completed

Status of the Nuclear Power Programme in the UAE (2)
Licenses issued to ENEC to date: 1. Site selection: Authorizes ENEC to carry out site selection activities 2. Site preparation: Authorizes ENEC to undertake ‘non nuclear’ preparation to Barakah site 3. Limited construction License 4. Construction License: for 2 reactors at Barakah site in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Post-Fukushima assessment Positive Public Attitudes towards nuclear energy: 85% of people in the UAE think that peaceful nuclear energy is important for the nation.

Status of the Nuclear Power Programme in the UAE (3)
Start of Safety-related Construction of Unit 1 of first NPP at Barakah in July 2012

First unit scheduled operation in 2017 (pending regulatory approval).

Cornerstones of the UAE capacity building programme

UAE Policy Paper: “continued education and training constitutes a cornerstone of the critical infrastructure necessary to sustain a nuclear power program” IAEA guidance:

UAE is following an aggressive capacity building programme in accordance with all relevant IAEA guidance and publication, such as (but not limited to)TECDOC1254 UAE further intends to undertake self-assessment against newly published IAEA capacity building guidance.

UAE Integrated approach for workforce development
Challenges Lack of specialised UAE nationals in the Nuclear energy market Competition in the UAE with the oil, gas, IT, construction and other engineering industries Nuclear energy is relatively new area to the local community Threats Concerns related to Safety and hazards nuclear

Strengths Support and funding by the government Clear Rules and regulations by the government Qualified talented people around the world Intellectual capital Attractive market to UAE nationals and other nationalities

UAE Integrated approach for workforce development
Workforce/Capacity building challenges identified early on Key players of the UAE Nuclear Power Programme sought integrated approach covering the educational, regulatory and operational parts of the programme.


Utility Other Gov’t entities Education Etc.

Operator– Integrated Training and Capacity Building
ENEC has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to building national nuclear infrastructure, with an emphasis on: Safety Developing and sustaining a culture of safety Mandatory training classes for new hires Individualized training programs for all employees Periodic refresher training on safety using nuclear industry lessons learned Reinforcement of safety built into processes and procedures Development of nuclear related skills, knowledge and ability for all positions in the organization An understanding that “nuclear is different” Emirati capacity building ENEC now employs nearly 480 people 64% Emirati

Operator– Integrated Training and Capacity Building (2)
Comprehensive engineering and technical training Programs based on a Systematic Approach to Training Conducted in partnership with Prime Contractor Building dedicated training facilities on Barakah site Simulator Training Center with two Full Scope Simulators Maintenance training facility

Operator Training Programs
Programs Training and development programs now focused on Units 1 and 2 Eventually program will be duplicated for Units 3 and 4 Senior Reactor Operator Pilot Program (Westinghouse) Provides introductory training to newly hired SRO candidates and instructors Higher Diploma in Nuclear Technology 3 year college program for training local operators and technicians Graduates are qualified to work at Barakah Program is based on National Academy for Nuclear Training guidelines (ACAD 08-006) Target: 180 graduates Scholarship Program (Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, and abroad) BS in Nuclear, Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering MS in Nuclear Engineering Presently 174 scholarship students

Training Programs (cont.)
ENEC Operator, Technician and Engineer training programs Intensive technical training programs for each position Training programs range from 15-24 months in length Program taught in Abu Dhabi and at operating nuclear power plants in Korea Targeting 300 students, beginning in 2013 Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute 16 week program designed to build future industry leaders Executive Program in Nuclear Energy with Massachusetts Institute of Technology

FANR Workforce - Human Resources and Goals

End 2012: Nationalities:

153 Employees 23 different Nationalities

Current: core international team with nuclear regulation experience, strong training & mentoring background Mid-term: keep international personnel, develop skilled cadre of UAE Nationals in key responsibility areas Long-term: UAE nuclear expertise, with appropriate support from international experts & organizations

FANR Integrated workforce development: Emiratization - Strategic goal

FANR Emiratization %


UAE 54%

EXPAT 27% UAE 73%

UAE 41% EXPAT 59%

FANR Workforce - Framework
Knowledge Level Basic (2 years) Specialized (2 years)

Operations Areas
Security Safeguards Radiation Safety Nuclear Safety
FANR familiarization Programme Risktec Programme / GNEII / Kaist-KINS

Trainee Development

Secondments at NRC / KINS / IAEA Inspector Qualification Programme Training on Emergency Planning and Response
Safety Assessor Qualification Programme

Advanced (2 years)

On-the-job Training Technical Workshops

On-the-job Training Technical Workshops

On-the-job Training Technical Workshops

On-the-job Training Technical Workshops

Basic Level: aims to provide the basic concepts and principles of safety, security and safeguards Specialized Level: aims to prepare the staff to conduct tasks of limited complexity under the supervision of a more senior staff. Advance Level: the aim is to prepare the staff to perform tasks under his/her responsibility in an autonomous way

FANR Capacity building - Knowledge Levels
Basic Level: Organized in cooperation with education and training organizations outside FANR RISKTEC Programme – Liverpool John Moores University / Risktec GNEII (Gulf Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Institute) - Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) at Texas A&M University have partnered with Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research KINS-KAIST International Nuclear Safety Master’s Degree Programme Specialized Level: Organized and delivered by FANR + External Support: Inspector Qualification Programme Safety Assessor Qualification Programme (under development) Security Qualification Programme (under development) Safeguards Qualification Programme (under development) Emergency Preparedness and Response (under development) Advanced Level: Organized and delivered by FANR + External Support: Mentoring Programme Workshops / training on specific topics of interest

UAE Nuclear Scholarship Program

Central to UAE Capacity Building effort Applies to both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nuclear, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering All students are UAE nationals Students receive full tuition and benefits Expectation of working in FANR/ENEC/KUSTAR upon graduation Around 166 students in the undergraduate program USA & Khalifa University 15 students in the graduate program (Khalifa University)

Khalifa University approach to workforce development
Khalifa University (KU) Support for Nuclear Capacity Building in the UAE MSc in Nuclear Engineering Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Research Stared admitting students in 2010 Presently 16 students enrolled with 5 due to complete this Fall. Nuclear Engineering Minor in Mechanical Engineering BSc Since 2011, Minor Program in Nuclear Engineering within the BSc in Mechanical Engineering Presently have 10 students registered for various courses in the Junior year of their degree program. PhD Engineering Program PhD Program in various disciplines, including Nuclear, starting in the Spring of 2013 Local students have already been targeted for this program.

Khalifa University approach to workforce development
Gulf Nuclear Energy Research Institute (GNEII) KU Nuclear Engineering Department supports the GNEII initiative with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Texas A&M University, Nuclear Security Science Policy Unit (HSSPI) Provide a career based professional development program in Nuclear Safeguards, Safety and Security (the Integrated SSS) for key UAE stakeholders Completed programs for 10 Fellows from the UAE in 2011 23 Fellows from the GCC enrolled in the 2012 program. Nuclear Engineering Research KU has four active research clusters in (Nuclear) Materials Science, Instrumentation and Control, Reactor Design and Analysis and Environmental and Waste Management These research clusters support key stakeholders from ENEC, FANR and CNIA.

Khalifa University: Integrated approach with FANR&ENEC
KU and FANR signed MoU for nuclear safety research and building workforce. MoU covered: R&D programmes for nuclear safety Training personnel Events supporting knowledge transfer, capacity building and information exchange KU involved in IRRS in December 2011 FANR&ENEC participate in the selection of high school and university graduates, to undergo graduate and postgraduate training in the relevant nuclear fields. GNEII Case study: SSDL Challenge: Need for calibration of radiation measurement tools in the UAE (Gap identified) Solution: Establishment of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) at KU, through TC with IAEA Workforce development: MoU between FANR and KU covers the establishment and operation of SSDL including workforce development

Lessons learnt
Enhance the pre-screening entry requirements Continuous Self Assessment Develop a Knowledge Management Program Improve the Competency Framework Evaluate your organizations needs: Regulator: staffing estimate, types of staff required, qualifications required Education: programs to be implemented, instructional and professorial staff Industry expansion: An awareness of the development of secondary lines of business that will require nuclear related human resources Identify local capabilities and resources that are immediately available Growth of the organization, identify the educational institutions that will be helping the development of human resources (or have them assigned) and be ready for an increased volume of new students interested in nuclear energy.

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