The Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is a multi-billion pound investment project that will provide secure, affordable, low-carbon energy to around five million homes in the UK and create thousands of job opportunities in Somerset and beyond. Over the construction period, 25,000 new employment opportunities will be created, and once built, it is estimated that 900 people will work at the site during its 60 years of operation.
In particular, as part of this investment, EDF Energy have committed over £11m to support the provision of employment and skills for local people.
At the same time, the UK Government has set out strict requirements for those organisations involved in building the biggest infrastructure projects. This included the Olympic facilities, Crossrail, Thames Tideway, HS1/2, all the Nuclear New Build projects. These requirements include the need for the project to demonstrate exactly how it will make a positive difference to the local and regional economy in terms of employment and skills development.
For example, the HPC project will generate 1,000+ apprenticeships and ensure that at least 34% of all those working on-site are local people.
For this to happen, there has to be an “education and training” supply chain in place, and this itself has to be from the same local economy.
EDF Energy want to equip current and future generations in Somerset with the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities that this project will provide.
That’s why the HPTA was set up to work closely with local training providers to maximise opportunities for people who live nearby.