Prospect policy backs new nuclear build as a vital part of the balanced energy mix needed if the UK is to meet its twin future challenges of low carbon energy and security of supply.
Prospect has members in each of the 19 licensed nuclear sites and associated civil nuclear liabilities in the UK – making it the largest union representing workers in the UK nuclear industry.
The union's 12,000 nuclear industry members are employed in:
- power generation
- waste management
- research and technology
- fuel manufacturing
- safety assessment and regulation
- contractors and the supply chain
- training organisations
- government policy.
In addition to campaigning on our members' behalf for decent pay and careers, and a safe and stable work environment, Prospect also speaks nationally on their behalf on a range of stakeholder bodies such as:
- the National Skills Academy
- the Department of Energy and Climate Change's National Nuclear Development Forum
- the Office for Nuclear Regulation's Transition Advisory Committee
- and Trade Unionists for Safe Nuclear Energy.
Prospect has also established the RegTech project to promote and support the professional registration of engineering, IT and science technicians in the UK.
The union believes technician registration is a key means of supporting apprentices and other young professionals with structured vocational routes to career progression. More broadly the project aims to help address skills shortages, by raising the profile of technicians and attracting more recruits to the roles.
RegTech is run in conjunction with membership bodies including professional associations: the Engineering Council, Science Council, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT and EngTechNow.
The project is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, one of whose stated aims is to strengthen science and engineering skills in the UK by developing innovative programmes and informing national policy in the UK.