• NDA RWMD becomes first Science Council approved employer

The Science Council’s pilot employer CPD approval scheme has announced its first approved employer. 

The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has become the first employer to have its professional development scheme approved as part of the Science Council’s pilot employer CPD approval scheme.

The pilot scheme launched by the Science Council in partnership with its licensed professional bodies recognises good practice in employer learning and development schemes.  Many professional bodies already accredit the graduate training schemes of large employers, but historically little attention has been paid to the support and development of scientists beyond the point of registration, a trend which the pilot scheme aims to reverse.

The introduction of clear CPD standards for scientists has prompted a greater focus on their ongoing development and the Science Council scheme recognises those employers that provide a supportive framework for their staff to engage in CPD.

David Arthur, Head of Member Services at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and a member of the review panel which visited the RWMD, explains:

“it was clear to me that NDA have a very well run scheme relating to CPD, which shows a commitment to staff development and to work with professional bodies to demonstrate ongoing proof of professional competence.”  

The RWMD was delighted to have been the first employer to achieve the Science Council approval.  Bruce McKirdy, Managing Director of RWMD said:

“In our work it is essential that we maintain high levels of professional expertise and we are committed to the continuing professional development of our team. I welcomed the opportunity to take part in the Science Council’s pilot employer CPD approval scheme and am delighted that we are the first to achieve Science Council approval under the new scheme.

Diana Garnham, CEO of the Science Council adds: 

“I welcome the Radio Active Waste Management Directorate of NDA commitment and recognition of the value of CPD and the benefit for individuals in being a Chartered Scientist. The commitment of employers to the continuous professional development of their workforce is fundamental to the professional practice of science so I am delighted that our first partner employer is from such an important area of the economy where science knowledge and professionalism are so vital.“ 

Employers can find out more about the approval scheme by contacting Ali Orr, Deputy Registrar.

The Science Council is an umbrella organisation for learned societies and professional bodies across science and its applications and works to advance science for public benefit. The Science Council supports the professional practice of science at all levels and promotes the profession through the Chartered Scientist designation.