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Welcome to the new YGN Chair, Rob Ward!

"I am delighted to have been elected as YGN chair for 2020 and look forward to leading the branch through its 24th year at an exciting time for the nuclear sector.”


The mission of the YGN is to encourage and inspire young people to join and remain in the industry, to develop themselves and their careers as part of a UK-wide supportive young nuclear professional community. 2019 was another hugely successful year for the YGN, and that is in no small part down to Mike Roberts’ leadership. YGN ran five ‘intro to’ events, Chartership workshops, the first YGN Leadership Development Day, and the YGN National Speaking Competition, which were extremely well attended by young professionals from across the sector. In the past year, the YGN stepped up its offer to more experienced members, with a number of events targeted at mid-career professionals, and this work will continue into 2020. It was all made possible by the kind support of sponsors, partners and volunteers, so thank you all


The current YGN Strategy runs to 2020 and so the YGN is working to refresh this, to continue to deliver its charitable objectives while building on experience and feedback from its members and stakeholders over the past three years.

Central to this new strategy, the YGN will be working more closely in partnership with organisations whose goals align with its own, including the Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG), Nuclear Industry Association and Women in Nuclear (WiN). It has already begun to work more closely with NSSG to ensure that the YGN’s work is delivering against the People strand of the nuclear sector deal, and its work also plays into the sector Equality, A new chair for the YGN Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Of course, it will continue to offer its existing range of highly successful events including networking forums, speaking competitions, ‘audience with’ events, the ‘intro to’ series, and the hugely popular annual day seminar and dinner. The YGN will also continue to support STEM education and outreach as part of its charitable work.


The YGN is your community within the nuclear industry that brings together people from a wide range of backgrounds, technical disciplines and sectors. Engaging in YGN events is an excellent way to meet new people, build your external network, and gain personal and professional development to support career progression. For those further on in your careers, the YGN encourages you to use your position to help those at an earlier career stage by supporting and encouraging attendance from your organisation at YGN events. The YGN is run by a network of volunteers and is always happy to hear from organisations and individuals who would like to offer support, whether that’s through volunteering, hosting site visits and events, allowing speakers and delegates to attend YGN events or by sponsoring the YGN.

To find out more, get in touch at chair.ygn@nuclearinst.com and sign up to its monthly newsletter

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