National Nuclear Laboratory

Alpha Resilience and Capability

The UK Alpha Resilience and Capability (ARC) Programme is a proactive, long-term collaboration between the UK government, nuclear industry and wider nuclear sector. ARC seeks to identify targeted projects and investments in specialist nuclear skills, expertise and facilities. We are bringing together the following organisations:

  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • Nuclear Skills Strategy Group

We have created a video to help explain what the ARC Programme is. Take a look below to find out more:

The programme seeks to sustain and enhance the UK’s world-leading alpha skills capabilities; those required to work on programmes related to alpha-emitting materials.

This includes naturally occurring materials such as uranium, thorium, and radium as well as man-made elements such as plutonium and americium.

ARC has three core objectives:

Current Missions

Ensuring the delivery of existing Alpha programmes by balancing supply and demand, encouraging innovation, and increasing productivity.

Future Missions

Ensuring the UK has the capability and capacity to launch future Alpha programmes by prioritising sectors and mobilising resources.

Global Leadership

Ensuring the UK maintains its position as a global leader in the delivery and management of complex, large-scale Alpha programme.

See the programme brochure below:

There are some exciting opportunities for anyone (organisations or individuals) who would like to get involved in one of the nuclear industry’s greatest challenges.

ARC is seeking proposals from organisations and individuals interested in creating upskilling opportunities.

ARC can be contacted via this email address: