Innovation Institute

Nuclear Assured

Assuring learning, training & development in the Nuclear sector

Nuclear Assured® is an accreditation programme that was developed and introduced in partnership with the UK National Skills Academy for Nuclear (NSAN) in 2009.

The Institute has been instrumental in conducting the Nuclear Assured® (previously known as NEF Assured Nuclear) on all of the UK Site Licensed Companies that operate Nuclear Power Generators and those nuclear sites that have been de-commissioned or de-fuelled.

Nuclear Assured® deploys a flexible yet robust approach to assuring the quality and impact of the learning, training and development function within the Nuclear sector including supply chain companies. It embeds a sector specific component and applies a robust six-category Framework that brings together the alignment to strategy, the effectiveness of design and delivery, the development of innovation and assessment of impact.

The Nuclear Assured® standard helps organisations to benchmark the effectiveness of their L&D interventions, maximises the value from L&D investment and drives consistency in the quality of L&D programmes.

The Nuclear Assured® lasts for 3 years and provides an action plan for continuous improvement that is annually monitored to support organisations undertake effective L&D resource planning. The Nuclear Assured® Kite Mark provides differentiation of your products and services and adds value to your offering.


All businesses operating in the Nuclear Sector including supply chain companies.

This process can also be implemented in any industry, where a consistently high standard of training is essential. It can be implemented within individual an organisation where there is a requirement regular training and professional updating. It can also be applied across a number of organisations where there is a need for consistency in the shared training provision. The process would suit organisations such as public sector bodies who wish to gain external quality assurance for their training provision against their stakeholder needs and expectations.


  • A mark of quality for organisations and their trained employees
  • Immediate recognition, confidence and assurance in your training and talent development that differentiates you from your competition
  • Enhanced internal training and development processes leading to enhanced business performance
  • A springboard for strong strategic positioning and amazing market differentiation



The Nuclear Assured Standard has been developed to assure the quality of an integrated approach to training and development. The process is based upon rigorous self-assessment supported by an experienced team of expert Advisors. To add value whilst maintaining the high level of the standard, the assessment is undertaken in multiple stages.

You carry out a self-assessment, analysing your training and development provision against the criteria and producing actions for continuous improvement. You will be supported in this by one of our consultants.

The self-assessment will be supplemented by a series of interviews undertaken with staff from all areas and levels of responsibility. We will also arrange a visit by a panel of advisors who will validate the evidence and make a recommendation on whether or not you have met the required standard.

We will produce a report capturing observations of the visit and supporting evidence. It will include constructive feedback designed to support your continuous development.

Assuming that you are successful, you will receive the Nuclear Assured Award. The award is valid for three years and will be supported by an on-going relationship with the IKE Institute.

As a recognised Nuclear Assured organisation, your clients, employees and other stakeholders will be assured of your thriving capacity to utilise training and development as a competitive edge.


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Beccy Pleasant, Magnox North

“NEF Assured® (Nuclear) was the first standard that I had come across that specifically focused on learning, training and development and I felt that the process more than lived up to expectations.“

Chris Ball, Managing Director, Atkins

“We are genuinely excited by the opportunities in the global nuclear industry and want to ensure we have the best people to service our existing and new clients both in the UK and worldwide. The award of the NEF Assured standard is testament to our commitment to developing the best processes and tools to support this.”


David McNerney, Director of Human Resources, Sellafield

“Sellafield Ltd values training and strives to ensure the relevance and quality of our training provision. The NEF Assure benchmark is a welcome independent recognition of our achievement of exemplary standards.”


Ian Wilson, RSRL's HR Skills Manager

"Achieving consistency in training across multiple sites and functions was a key determinant when applying for NEF Assured. The NEF Assured process has helped RSRL to drive continuous improvement and demonstrate value from the training and development function."


Beccy Pleasant, Head of Learning and Development at Magnox:

“the process was excellent value for money in terms of the input from NEF staff…  The added benefit of the process was around that consultancy piece and the opportunity to stop and reflect on what we were aiming for and doing.”


Helen Higgs, Marketing and HR Director, AREVA

“AREVA RMC is dedicated to continuous improvement within training and development. NEF Assured was a very good review process of our internal training…it helped to see outside our market.”