Hinkley Point C is making incredible progress on-site in terms of construction. But we are also working hard to make sure the project benefits are accessible to people and businesses across the south west and the rest of the UK.

Our 2019 socio-economic report details some of the wider benefits the project is delivering. We have made sure that the massive inward investment made at Hinkley Point C is a catalyst for social and economic benefit in the south west and beyond.

The report also shows how we’re meeting the ambitious targets that we set at the beginning of the project and builds on our growing reputation for doing what we said we would.

£1 billion

spent with regional companies in the south west

6,500

new job opportunities created on site

378

apprenticeships created to date

£9.4 million

delivered to local community projects to date

 

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Some of the highlights of the report can be found below and the full document is available online here.

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Highlights

People, Education, Skills and Economy

 

People, Education, Skills and Economy

The Hinkley Point C education, skills and employment pipleline is continuing to ensure that the huge opportunities available throughout the construction of the new power station can be accessed by individuals across the region and the UK, whether they are in school, exploring careers or accessing apprenticeships and other career routes.

In providing a start-to-finish pipeline, we are:

  • providing an industry-leading schools engagement programme, ‘Inspire’, across the region to motivate young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics career routes.
  • providing an innovative bridge from education into the world of work – supporting local careers advice and guidance through the Young HPC programme
  • supporting the development and raising the overall skill level and profile of apprenticeships for people across the region.
  • supporting the region’s strategy for increasing productivity and social-mobility, particularly in West Somerset. At a time of historically high employment, the pipeline is helping local people to up-skill, re-train and access high quality, sustainable careers.

 


 

“Giving young people access to engineering equipment, experience and facilities, as well as access to larger employers, is key to encouraging them to look at engineering as a career. It’s the perfect model of industry and education working together.“


Matt Tudor
Director of Business Development and Marketing at Bridgwater & Taunton College

 


 

Case studies

Crane apprentices lift diversity

Hinkley Point C’s main civil engineering contractor, Bylor, will erect over 50 tower cranes. With a shortage of qualified tower crane operatives in the UK, they have developed a new Lifting Technician Apprenticeship.

Bylor have now recruited the first cohort of apprentices to their Lifting Technician programme. It combines college and practice-based training, allowing participants to build their skills working on one of the most exciting projects in the UK, while gaining a recognised qualification.

In the first group of eight apprentices, six people are from the local Somerset area and four are women. They will gain one of the most highly sought-after skills in the modern construction industry.

The Lifting Technician Apprentices will work with the Bylor Lifting Teams during their 18-month apprenticeship, and have the potential to operate tower cranes in future exciting construction projects across the UK.

Supported traineeship

Working with partners at Somerset County Council, Somerset Skills and Learning and the charity Discovery, the Young HPC team developed a 10-week programme that enables those with special educational needs to gain meaningful work experience.

The new traineeship is helping those that may not yet have the appropriate skills or experience for employment or apprenticeships. It provides essential work preparation training, including support for English and maths development. It also provides direct links to work experience; part of the journey to work that’s vital but often hard to access for those with special educational needs.

Six people from the local area completed the 10-week pilot of the traineeship, which is being delivered in the newly opened Apprentice and Skills Hub - a space dedicated to giving everyone a safe learning environment to work on their skills.

EDF Energy and HPC contractors Bylor, HOST, G4S Facilities Management and Somerset Larder, have all offered work experience placements across a diverse number of roles including catering, facilities management, hospitality and administration. 

UK Economic Benefits and Supply Chain

 

UK Economic Benefits and Supply Chain

From the outset of the project, there has been a strong commitment to help develop and support the UK supply chain in taking advantage of the substantial opportunity.

Our aim remains to ensure that UK companies of all sizes benefit from the contracts associated with the project. And by doing so, we are ensuring that Hinkley Point C receives the best of British industry and maximises the opportunity for domestic employment and export earnings.

Hinkley Point C presents a real opportunity to our UK suppliers and the engineering, manufacturing and construction skills base. At present, 64% of the value of HPC is committed to UK-based companies and we have been encouraged by the quality and collaboration that we’ve seen from the UK supply chain that has allowed this to become a reality. 

 


 

“The rest of the world is watching progress at HPC. It’s hugely exciting to be part of that. There’s vast experience in Somerset and we’ve drawn on our local partnerships to strengthen our offering. Our relationship with Bristol Port and others locally span decades - stable relationships release value to the project for obvious reasons. We’ve had the opportunity to show what we do best and I’d encourage other businesses to get involved and do the same.”


John O’Connor
Commercial Director of south west company, Osprey

 


 

Case studies

Vessco

Based in Bridgend, Vessco Engineering are Tier 2 suppliers that has won the contract to manufacture two large pressure vessels for Tier 1 contractor GE Power Systems, who are supplying the two turbine islands for Hinkley Point C power generation.

Due to their size, these pressure vessels are thought to be the largest that have been made in the area for many decades.

“The contract means stability for 4 to 5 years as an absolute minimum. We also expect it to be the platform for our future growth in the nuclear industry and it will help us to grow in other industries as well.” He expects their customers in the oil and gas industry will notice their achievements and he feels it will place the company in a good position for many years to come. The rewards for Vessco are potentially huge, running into many, many millions of pounds. We will double or treble in size as a result of our work in the nuclear business.” Julian Vance-Daniel, Managing Director, Vessco Engineering LTD

Viridor

Taunton based Viridor, will be playing a crucial role in maximising the environmental credentials of Hinkley Point C after securing the total waste management contract. The locally based company will be working with EDF Energy and using its expertise to deliver a zero to landfill agreement.

The agreement emphasises the waste hierarchy and the importance of resource management and the circular economy. Working in collaboration with EDF Energy and all principal contractors across the nationally significant project, Viridor will deliver integrated waste management services from the waste arising from the site and all associated infrastructure operations.

It will see food waste transferred to Viridor’s anaerobic digestion facility at Walpole in Somerset, mixed dry recycling sorted through the Priorswood Materials Recycling Facility in Taunton and non-recyclable waste to energy recovery facilities, including the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre once this is operational next year.

“Viridor, with its headquarters in the South West and national network of 300+ advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities, is able to offer a total waste management package directed by UK-wide experience in a regionally focused manner.” Louise Skinner, Hinkley Point C Contract Manager, Viridor

Community Investment

 

Community Investment

Although used to having nuclear power stations in the area, the communities around Hinkley Point are also currently living next to one of the largest construction projects in the UK.  Working with them to make sure they enjoy the benefits whilst the impacts are managed is absolutely essential.

Since 2008, we have sought to listen to our neighbours and our consultation has gone far beyond what is typically required of developers. We continue to work with our local communities and partners and aim to continue this high caliber of engagement through our future consultations for Sizewell C and Bradwell B.

An important element of our commitment to the area is the provision of the £20 million Community Fund being delivered by both West Somerset Council and the Somerset Community Foundation.

Towards the end of 2018, applications for Hinkley Point C’s Community Impact Mitigation (CIM) Fund pushed the total support received by local projects across Somerset to a staggering £9.4 million.

Being a good neighbour isn’t just about providing financial support; developing a strong community spirit is important too.

 


 

“It has been a pleasure to see so many community groups stepping up to access this funding. In total, 50 projects have received a grant from the HPC CIM Fund to deliver activities, services and facilities that will provide long-term benefits for communities across Somerset. I look forward to seeing many more local projects funded through the HPC Community Fund.”


Lisa Redston
People, Place and Prosperity Localities Manager, West Somerset Council

 


 

Case studies

The Bridgwater Way

Phase two of The Bridgwater Way (TBW), run by Somerset County Council and funded by EDF Energy, is a multi-million-pound initiative focussed on helping to keep Bridgwater moving as the town goes through a period of significant growth and investment. 

By providing information, advice and tools we are aiming to help people choose the best time to travel and routes to use or even think about the need to travel in the first place. Over the past few years, through the TBW project, a number of road improvements have been made to help traffic flow around the town. TBW has invested in new walking and cycling routes and more are planned. You can now cycle into Bridgwater from Cannington and North Petherton and improvements are also planned for a route into Bridgwater from Puriton. 

Ryan Kelly - Community Safety Project Officer

Part of EDF Energy’s commitment to reducing the impact of the HPC construction on the local area is to fund 17 posts within the various local authorities to help manage any issues that may arise. One of these posts is that of a Community Safety Officer in the town of Bridgwater.

Bridgwater is seeing an increase in its population as a number of the non-home based workforce are staying there, either in the purpose built 1000-bed accommodation Campus or in the Private Rented Sector. Community Safety Project Officer, Ryan Kelly works closely with the emergency services, third sector organisations, local traders, schools and residents’ groups as well as with members of the general public and the Hinkley Point C workforce itself, and has become the ‘go-to’ person in dealing with any concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour as well as signposting opportunities that the project presents to local people.

On a typical day Ryan will give a presentation to Year 11 students on drug and alcohol awareness, visit a number of caravan sites together with colleagues in the Devon and Somerset Fire Service to advise on fire safety, liaise with the Nelson Trust which conducts outreach to vulnerable females and speak to licence holders in pubs and clubs about the safety and security of their customers.

“Everyone working on the project should be proud of what they have achieved so far. Unions, contractors and suppliers are successfully working together with a complete focus on quality and safety. Innovation and experience from other projects is helping us boost productivity and get ready for the next stages. I am also proud of the positive impact that Hinkley Point C is having on the South-West. We are determined to create a positive legacy here for people, communities, jobs and skills.”


Stuart Crooks
Managing Director, Hinkley Point C Project

Find out more

Hinkley Point C

We are building two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C in Somerset, the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK, providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes.

Sizewell C

Sizewell C, a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk, has the potential to generate the reliable low carbon electricity the country needs for decades to come.

2018 socio-economic report

Take a look back at the 2018 Hinkley Point C socio-economic report.

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