EDF Energy’s Nuclear New Build (NNB) ‘Inspire’ Education Programme is preparing young Somerset people for the opportunities that will arrive with the construction and operation of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C (HPC) in Somerset. The HPC Project will require skilled workers with a good foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The programme began in the Autumn Term of 2011 and aims to inspire young people to continue to study STEM subjects – building a sustainable legacy for the future through a pipeline from education to skills and into future long-term employment. The programme aims to work in collaboration with education and key partners to help close this gap and create a framework that will support skills development and pathways into work.
Through a range of innovative activities across Somerset, we are helping prepare young people to take advantage of the huge opportunities that the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C will bring. By working with young people of all ages, encouraging them to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, we hope that they will be inspired to enter one of the many future STEM jobs that will be available – at EDF Energy and beyond.
Since the programme began, over 135,000 student interactions have taken place in almost 400 different locations across the County and South West region. Our work has led to a demonstrable improvement in interest in STEM subjects, helping to increase aspirations and guide students into long-term sustainable careers.