We want to make a positive contribution to the communities we operate in. We work in partnership with local organisations, schools and colleges to support our projects and goals.
As a company we have outlined our commitment to be open and transparent in our business dealings. As part of this commitment, we work with local communities adjacent to our power stations, holding regular community liaison meetings discussing matters that may affect them.
We have eight purpose-built visitor centres across the UK, which explore how electricity is created in a fun and interactive way. Each centre has interactive exhibition areas, and can be used for school visits. Our visitors (groups and individuals) can learn more about the energy mix, what we are doing to make our business more sustainable, and careers in the industry. Additionally, individuals and groups can also pre-book a tour at each of our power stations to learn more about our business, and the work we do.
We also keep local communities informed about our plans and their potential impact via regular station newsletters and public consultations. For example, in November 2016, we launched the second stage of public consultation for our proposed new nuclear power station at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Our dedicated Hinkley Point C community hub is also available and provides regular updates on the work with local communities.
We work alongside National Star College on Steps into Work which is an ongoing nine-month internship programme. The programme was co-created with the college and is designed for adults, with a range of disabilities, whose goals are to enter long term employment upon completion of the programme.The internship supports the transition from education to employment, with students working alongside 1,600 local EDF Energy employees; within teams specialising in electricity generation, training, customer service and business support.