Supply chain development

The Nuclear AMRC works with companies along the UK’s nuclear supply chain to help them compete by raising quality, reducing costs, and developing new capabilities.

We offer a wealth of targeted support services to manufacturers, from free advice and expertise through the Ask Nuclear service; to demand modelling to map future contract opportunities and help match manufacturers with relevant work packages.

Our flagship Fit For Nuclear programme is a unique service to help UK manufacturers get ready to bid for work in civil nuclear, allowing companies to measure their operations against industry standards and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

F4N is an industry-recognised hallmark of business excellence. We have continually refined the service since its launch in 2011, and are now expanding the F4N programme to provide additional support to companies after granting.

Most of the companies working through our supplier development programmes are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). By helping smaller manufacturers understand what the market expects from them, what they may be capable of supplying, and where they sit in the nuclear supply chain, we demystify the nuclear sector and remove barriers to entry.

We also offer tailored supply chain consultancy to build links and share knowledge between suppliers and top-tier customers, and help overseas developers develop their UK supply chains.

We support skills development by working with the National Skills Academy Nuclear to provide a one-stop shop for manufacturers along the nuclear supply chain. To date, around 1,000 employees have completed the introductory Triple Bar Nuclear Manufacturing course.

Our sister centre, the AMRC Training Centre, provides practical skills from apprenticeships through to doctorate and MBA level for manufacturing companies of all sizes. More than 1,000 young people have now begun advanced or higher apprenticeships at the Training Centre.

We continue to develop our supply chain development services to meet industry needs, and to extend our services into complementary areas of the nuclear industry such as electrical control and instrumentation. A major focus for 2018 is tackling a national gap in equipment qualification (EQ) capabilities, to help UK manufacturers better compete against experienced overseas suppliers.

 

Fit For Nuclear (F4N) is a unique service to help manufacturing companies assess and develop their readiness to bid for work in the nuclear supply chain. Developed with the support of the industry’s top tier, F4N lets companies measure their operations against the standards required to supply the nuclear industry, and take the necessary steps to close any gaps.

Developed and delivered exclusively by the Nuclear AMRC, the F4N programme is supported by top-tier partners in new build and decommissioning. These industry leaders are using F4N to identify potential companies for their own supply chains.

More than 680 companies have now completed the online F4N assessment, with most receiving ongoing support and development from the Nuclear AMRC team. More than 140 companies have been granted F4N after driving business improvements through a tailored action plan – see our directory of F4N companies for details, or visit the fully-searchable F4N Connect portal to find suppliers for your specific needs.

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