EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C will be the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK. In addition to providing the UK with safe, secure and low carbon electricity for the future, Hinkley Point C represents an incredible long term employment and skills opportunity for Somerset and the wider region. With some 25,000 employment opportunities available throughout construction, the project is also helping the UK to overcome a recognised skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Whilst working in close partnership with the Hinkley Point Training Agency, EDF Energy has invested almost £15 million into in local colleges, training and education programmes to ensure we equip tomorrow’s workforce with the right skills. Our new nuclear power station will provide low carbon electricity for 60 years. Apprentices will also form a core part of our future workforce and we have an aspiration to create 1,000 new apprenticeships over the course of the project.
The Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges. Our purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of ther South West area covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
The West of England Combined Authority is made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Working with partners including the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, North Somerset Council and other local service providers, it aims to deliver economic growth for the region.
Nuclear South West has been established in recognition of the area’s unique potential for transformational growth through the nuclear sector. It is a public-private partnership with many organisations from Industry, South West LEP’s, academia, business support and skills providers involved in making the cluster a success. The region has the necessary expertise, ambition and vision – as well as a critical mass of thriving businesses – to act as a catalyst to drive economic productivity.
Nuclear South West’s mission is to position the South West nuclear industry at the centre of the global nuclear arena by driving productivity and growth. We will ensure that the South West is recognised for its capability in the nuclear industry, is able to grow that ability, and that businesses in the region achieve a large percentage of the work coming from the opportunities in the nuclear industry over the next 20 years.
The Stakeholder Alliance Group is managed by Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the West of England and GFirst LEPs, with involvement from a number of public sector and strategic organisations.
The Somerset Chamber is a membership-based business support organisation which promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset. As a combined force, with Somerset’s Town Chambers, we represent c.2,000 businesses across the diverse economy of Somerset.
Sedgemoor is one of the fastest growing economic areas in the South West. Building on a proud industrial past, the District Council has a proven track record in helping established businesses to prosper and new businesses to thrive. The Council has a long association with the power stations at Hinkley Point and is working hard to assist EDF Energy in the delivery of a third. It is particularly pleased to be working closely with Hinkley Point Training Agency to develop locally the skills required to build and operate the new station.