Knowledge management in the context of an ageing workforce

NEA Policy Brief

  • As the current nuclear workforce ages, concerns are arising over skills requirements and transferring knowledge to the new generation of experts and staff. A key issue is the loss of tacit knowledge accumulated by those who have long experience in the nuclear industry.
  • The best way to transfer knowledge to young people is to expose them to challenges through working on new projects, creating a continuity in the knowledge path.
  • The management of critical knowledge concerns all sectors of the nuclear organisations (suppliers, utilities, regulators and all levels of the nuclear workforce).
  • There exists a need to maintain a critical mass of nuclear activities at the national level to retain knowledge without discontinuity.