How HPTA Works

Project Intelligence

The HPC Project requires its Tier 1 Contractors, of which there will be around 160 across the life of the build, to provide ongoing data regarding their recruitment and training needs.  Clearly, this is a “moveable feast” and this kind of information will never be 100% accurate, nor will it remain constant.

The data provided will, contain a range of information relevant to the project work package(s), including essential, basic details from, for example, Employment & Skills Plans.

Alongside this, EDF Energy has established, with the Tier 1 contractors, Competency and Qualifications matrices for the three key areas of work on the project, namely Civil Engineering, Site Operations and Mechanical & Engineering.  These identify the job roles which will be deployed on the project and agrees the competencies and qualifications the role holder must have.

The details behind this data will only be available to:

  • HPTA to use to guide the management of suitable local provision to meet demand
  • HPC Job Service to use to help with local recruitment
  • HPC Apprentice Lead to be able to record activity and progress against the project’s local targets

HPTA will work with the Tier 1s to translate this information into training and education plans which allow time to ensure that, once their contract mobilises, they have what they need in terms of competent and qualified personnel.

With requirements identified, we will look for those who can provide what’s needed and facilitate the connection between the contractor and the training provider(s).

This diagram shows the simplified process:


Education & Training Provider Validation

When providers join the HPTA network, they are formally scrutinised through a robust “Due Dilligence” process to ensure we can provide HPC project and its contractors / regulatory bodies with assurance on the quality of provision.  This is important for two reasons:

  • The HPC Project is subject, as you would expect, to very robust scrutiny in terms of quality for all that happens on site, from build through operation to decommissioning. Indeed, the granting of a licence to operate from the UK Office of Nuclear Regulation imposes 36 conditions on EDF Energy to ensure the highest standards of work and behaviour.  This includes the requirement to be able to demonstrate that all those working within the boundary of the site are competent and qualified to carry out their role, and this is audited!


  • As a provider, you only have to go through the “ITT” process once, when you join HPTA, not every time an opportunity arises.