The Fusion Cluster has launched a first-of-a-kind report that sheds light on the key challenges the fusion energy industry faces as it seeks to expand its workforce in existing areas and augment it with new skills.
Titled “Growing the fusion workforce: challenges and opportunities for the future”, the study serves as a pivotal conversation starter needed to catalyse the transition of fusion as it moves from research to the delivery
of commercial power plants.
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Challenges & Opportunities in growing the fusion workforce
Fusion energy companies, suppliers, recruiters, and training providers within the Fusion Cluster in the UK reviewed the current skills landscape with the aim of developing the workforce to deliver fusion energy to the world.
The findings will help realise the UK government’s plan to invest £56 million in a fusion
▪ The fusion workforce requirements are linked to the technological progress and
investment; making it difficult to predict future roles
▪ Shifting the focus to skills rather than job roles will allow fusion to draw from a wider
range of potential recruits in other sectors
▪ Apprenticeship programmes are crucial for ushering in a new generation of people
into fusion but must be timed to ensure sufficient work.