Developing capabilities of nuclear security staff of Lithuanian authorities and improving the staff qualifications is among the key objectives of NSCOE. To implement them, NSCOE aims to use the concept of the systematic approach to training. It is based on a logical activity progress which starts with identifying specific knowledge and skills needed for quality performance of official functions, developing and implementing respective training programs for the staff to acquire these competencies, and completes with evaluating the training process efficiency and its impact on the performance of the official functions.
The systematic approach to training of nuclear security staff is recommended by the IAEA, for instance in the publication IAEA-TDL-010 Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre, however it may be effectively used in other areas. Currently, the concept of the systematic approach to training of nuclear security staff is applied in the USA, Canada, the UK, etc., while many other countries aim to apply it.
NSCOE conducts training activities in partner agencies based on the principles of the systematic approach to training, and strives to meet their staff training needs. The key precondition for success in applying this concept is a close cooperation between NSCOE and the beneficiary agencies.
The process of the systematic approach to training and its elements is provided in the diagram below:
It is a logical activity progress which starts with identifying specific knowledge and skills needed to discharge functions, developing and implementing training programs for the responsible officers to acquire the required competencies, and completes with an efficiency evaluation of the training process itself.
The Nuclear Security Exercise Program includes organizing tabletop and tactical exercises. The exercises usually aim to:
- Evaluate capabilities of the individual participating authorities to discharge the functions assigned to them, to identify their shortcomings (inconsistencies in staff competences, technical means or procedures), and to develop steps addressing these shortcomings;
- Evaluate the efficiency of interagency interoperability and activity coordination between authorities participating in the exercise.
Please watch the video of the tactical exercise Air Gate 2018.