Coaching has become a standard management and supervisory tool across sectors, and many people characterise themselves as safety or human performance coaches. But what is coaching and how are coaching skills and tools relevant to the nuclear sector and nuclear safety culture in particular?

There is growing awareness in the nuclear sector that technical capability and compliance are not enough in themselves to create a safe nuclear environment. High reliability organisations require nuclear professionals to drive commitment to safety through excellent communication and interpersonal skills – defining characteristics of a coach.

This workshop will aim to provide those involved involved in the nuclear sector and supply chain with a basic introduction to coaching and its relevance to nuclear safety and safety culture. It also aims to demonstrate how the traits, skills and tools of coaching to relate WANO principles, and can help the creation and maintenance of a healthy nuclear safety culture.

This one-day workshop is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for safety, supervision or management. The materials and context can also be used as a starting point for completion of an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring at level 3, 5 or 7.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the WANO Traits of a Healthy Nuclear Safety Culture.
  • Describe the mindset required to coach effectively using the Ego States (PAC) Model and why this is important to nuclear safety culture.
  • Understand the skills required for effective coaching and how these relate to the WANO traits.
  • Know how to structure a coaching conversation using key coaching models such as TED, OSCAR and Prudence (shown to the left).
  • Explain how coaching skills and a coaching mindset can increase the effectiveness of human performance tools.
  • Give examples from case studies of how a coaching approach to problem solving, supervision or event investigation might help to reduce error.
  • Use the coaching skills and models in a safety coaching context on site and in the workplace to improve safety.

Open Courses

  • 26th Sept – South Scotland/Cumbria Venue TBC
  • 18th or 21st Nov – South East England West Suffolk College

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