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JA14 : Competence Maintenance, Education and Training: CMET

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Cross-Cutting Activity 2 (CC2) Cross-cutting Activity: Competence Maintenance, Education and Training (CMET) High

Explanation of the objectives of the activity

 

The CMET working group established in 2012 has met since its first meeting three times during late 2013 and early 2014. The group consists of 30 volunteers from 14 different European countries representing six different stakeholder organisation types coming from 27 different organisations sharing the interest to maintain and develop competence in geological disposal.

 

The Terms of Reference of the CMET group were updated in 2013. However, the objectives of the group remain unchanged. The focus of the voluntary accreditation scheme was extended and is now two-fold: to study both the feasibility of the voluntary accreditation of training programme and the learning outcomes of an individual.

The current work of the group is focused on two major activities: producing the group's strategy and action plan, and carrying out a feasibility study on a voluntary accreditation scheme.

  • The first action is the production of the CMET Strategy and Action Plan (StrAP) scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. The purpose of the StrAP is to identify and partly address the actions needed in the field of competence maintenance, education and training to progress towards IGD-TP "Vision 2025". In practice, a set of actions to meet the CMET group's objectives will be carried out with the aim to assist in the initiation of deployment of the  SRA and scheduled until 2016. First step done included a brief questionnaire to the on-going Joint Activities. Also the group has strong interactions with the training providers in the geological disposal community via links to the European Fission Training Schemes and especially to Petrus3 project.
  • The second main action is the feasibility study about a voluntary accreditation scheme. This work is taking advantage of the pilot actions running in the European Union related to the implementation of the ECVET  approach that address the individual's capabilities in terms of the mastery of Learning Outcomes defined by the relevant Knowledge, Skills and Competence (KSC). Work on defining the Learning Outcomes has commenced for the Nuclear Energy Sector in workshops organised by EHRO-N  operating under JRC/IET. The newly published SET Plan Roadmap on Education and Training  includes several recommendations to the energy sector as a whole and also related to the benefits expect from the ECVET approach and sector specific skills councils. IGD-TP CMET's chair is participating in the EHRO-N Senior Advisory Group (SAG) for the mutual exchange and benefit of the two groups. In the coming IGD-TP Exchange Forum (EF) no 5 a special session will be organized by the CMET group with the aim of having the platform's views on the feasibility of a voluntary accreditation scheme and its prerequisites within the geological disposal community. The ENEN association contributes to the CMET session, too, by providing one of the Key note speeches of the EF no 5.

The urgency and need to act to preserve competence in geological disposal and in nuclear energy in general in Europe has been highlighted on several European and international forums. Related actions to highlight the situation have been taken up in addition to some individual European countries (e.g. France, Finland, and Germany) also by international organisations like OECD/NEA  and IAEA .

In the future, at the different stages of the repository development programmes more approaches and actions to carry out competence maintenance, education and training promotion are needed. It is crucial to start capturing the KSC accumulated in geological disposal over the decades of RTD, by documenting and making the education and training needs for the new professionals more transparent. This work needs to include the capabilities resulting from the moving from one stage of repository development to another. The identification and publication of these KSC needed by individuals is also a way to promote the role of training providers to develop and maintain needs' based training programmes. Contribution of such actions to the knowledge and skills' maintenance and knowledge transfer in the geological disposal community should neither be overlooked. The competence maintenance and knowledge transfer should be a major concern also on the level of actions for the geological disposal community that is already inherently committed to very long timescales in its other works. The CMET working group on its part contributes to this competence maintenance, but the work ahead is quite comprehensive and requires more input from everyone in the community to prevent an unnecessary loss of expertise. Participating in the Exchange Forum no 5 session in Kalmar is thus an important step, if you are concerned with preserving and the competence and willing to contribute to its maintenance.

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