SUPPORTING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
EDF Energy’s success depends on an engaged and skilled workforce. To help build this for the future, we are investing in education and skills development in young people. We have developed our early careers pipeline providing opportunities through our graduate, apprenticeship, internships and industrial placement programmes.
Our apprenticeship programme is an example of how we prepare for the future by investing in the present. Some of our apprentices are supporting the life extension of our nuclear power stations, using innovative technology to address new and complex challenges. Whilst our new nuclear power station project at Hinkley Point C is putting 1,000 apprentices at the centre of the construction and operation of the first in a brand new generation of nuclear power stations across the UK.
Our graduate programme is also key to our long-term success, available in a range of business, science and engineering disciplines – each offering the chance to develop quickly through a combination of formal professional and on-the-job learning. The structure and content of these schemes varies according to the individual discipline. But they all feature personally tailored, individual development plans and formal rotations to give you the broadest view of our business.
We continuously develop new talent by:
- Developing our sponsored student pipeline, mentoring students throughout their final year at university.
- Engaging and educating young people through the Young HPC programme.
- Engaging and educating Visitor Centre Coordinators to improve the way we communicate about our early careers opportunities.
- Developing relationships with schools, colleges and universities, to allow us to recruit new apprentices and graduates from suitable courses.
The Pod programme is designed to inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle, to encourage science and engineering as a career choice and to shape the way young people think about energy.
The Pod received a new look at the end of September 2017, with a re-launched website that is now optimised for use on mobile phones and tablets.
Additionally it now has improved functionality and a differentiated look and feel for different age groups. More than 20,000 schools in the UK have registered to the programme since it first launched in 2008, with over 12,500 currently active. This number is bolstered by over 200 schools from 56 other countries from around the world.
The Pod has a consistently impressive reach in 2018, with more than 2,200 schools taking part in Switch off Fortnight in November alone.
Our collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) continues through our ground-breaking citizen science experiment ‘What’s under your feet’. School children are helping the BTO to build the first-ever UK map of invertebrate abundance. The analysis of the first two years is now complete and the scientific study detailing the findings will soon be published.
HINKLEY POINT C INSPIRE PROGRAMME
EDF Energy’s Nuclear New Build (NNB) ‘Inspire’ Education Programme has continued to prepare 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.
As ever, the delivery of Inspire’s key interventions are achieved through effective partnership working between EDF Energy and key stakeholders including Local Education Partnerships, Tier One Partners, Union Learn, Sector Skills Bodies, Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor and North and West Somerset District Councils.
- Within the academic year from September 2017 to February 2018:72 STEM and Career activities were safely delivered across 123 education institutions across Somerset and beyond. This has led to 7264 pupil interactions through STEM days and workshops, specialist STEM Events, Careers Fairs, Employability programme events and Visitor Centre-led tours of Hinkley Point B and C.
- We are also working to support teachers in their continued professional development. 61 Teacher and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance professionals have now been given the opportunity to tour of the HPC Construction, given specific information on the opportunities the project can offer to young people currently in education, including how to encourage students to register for the new Young HPC programme.
- Throughout 2017, we have continued our partnership with the National Citizen Service (NCS) with our work now reaching over 600 Somerset students to date. Also working closely with the Somerset Rural Youth Project and Active8, Inspire has delivered a series of site tours, careers events to help shed light on STEM careers and reinforce the importance of developing strong employability skills
- The Inspire programme continues to provide strategic support to the West Somerset Opportunity Area in its aim to improve social-mobility and regional productivity. As well as having representation on the Board, EDF Energy is a ‘Cornerstone Employer’ and is actively delivering activities at West Somerset College, Minehead Middle and Danesfield Middle School.
The new and innovative Young HPC Programme was launched in October 2017 after a collaborative development process with both HPC contractors and stakeholders to specifically support local careers advice and guidance.
Young HPC will provide a platform for young people to embed themselves within the project and place themselves in ‘pole position’ to take advantage of the breadth of opportunities as well as providing progression and a continued engagement route for those learners already within the Inspire programme.