Realising the socio-economic benefits

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. The benefits range from increasing local employment and creating a sustainable regional supply chain, to investing in new training facilities and the community.

The latest Hinkley Point C socio-economic impact report shows that we’re meeting the ambitious targets that we set at the beginning of the project to deliver a lasting legacy. 

£3.5 billion

spent with companies in the South West to date

22,000

people in Britain working on the project

800

apprentices trained on the project to date

£123 million

of community investment delivered to date

 

2021 Socio-economic Impacts Report

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

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Highlights

Skills, Jobs and Education

 

Skills, Jobs and Education

Hinkley Point C is making a positive difference as the economic and social challenges of the pandemic continue to be felt. It is playing a key role in developing the UK’s industrial capability for major infrastructure projects.

Almost £20 million of investment has supported the building of new facilities, creating new career and training opportunities for everyone, regardless of previous background or skill level. 

Hinkley Point C is also helping to overcome critical skills shortages whilst providing new, sustainable career opportunities for people in the South West and beyond. 

Working with key delivery partners such as Bridgwater & Taunton College, training facilities are already making a difference. Almost 14,000 people have now been trained or assessed through the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre, whilst the Welding Centre of Excellence and has 100 local young people taking on apprenticeships and a new government backed welding bootcamp for those looking to begin their careers.

Supporting British Industry

 

Supporting British Industry

The investment from Hinkley Point C is helping UK suppliers to develop their capabilities in high quality nuclear engineering, building transferable skills for a workforce that can take on the global construction challenges and contribute to the post-pandemic recovery.

The direct economic benefit to the South West now at over £3 billion – double the original target and more than 1,300 regional businesses are part of the supply chain. On a national scale, 64% of the value of the project is going to UK-based suppliers. From reinforced steel suppliers in South Wales to advanced engineering firms in the North of England, every region will benefit from the construction of the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation.

The latest projections show that around £2 billion will be invested across the North of England alone as a result of the project. In turn, the work will be supporting employment for almost 8,000 people; a benefit that holds even greater importance as unemployment levels remain high.

Supporting the Community

 

Supporting the Community

The construction and operation of Hinkley Point C is already providing substantial benefit and opportunity for the local community, but with such a large construction project it is essential that the potential impacts are managed and mitigated. The project continues to work closely with community partners to develop joint long-term plans to ensure it minimises local disturbance and maximises local benefits.

The local area is benefitting from a £20 million Community Fund for those most affected by the construction of the new power station. Over £11 million has now been invested in local projects to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of affected communities.

 

Protecting the Environment

 

Protecting the Environment

Hinkley Point C will provide reliable low-carbon electricity to 6 million homes for 60 years, playing a critical role in reaching net-zero and the latest carbon reduction targets set out by the government.

Whilst the new power station will make a substantial contribution to the fight against climate change throughout operation, the construction process has also been designed to minimise impact as far as possible. The project is focussed on reducing emissions, reducing the volumes of materials used, managing water resources effectively, reducing and reusing waste, and protecting and increasing biodiversity.

The number of diesel generators we use has dropped considerably so that around 80% of the site is now on mains electricity – heavily reducing emissions and improving air quality. The use of electric vehicles continues to expand as the charging infrastructure grows; Bylor, the main civil engineering contractor, is operating electric vans and Somerset Passenger Solutions is using electric vehicles for the project’s fly-parking inspection team.

A total of 40,000 trees and shrubs have also been planted around the site and plans are in place for a final restoration of the southern landscaping area, which will further improve the biodiversity value of the area.

William Hare

William Hare is a specialist steel fabrication company with Hinkley Point C contracts totalling more than £135 million. With facilities in Bury, Scarborough and Grantham, William Hare expanded into Risca, South Wales, as discussions with Hinkley Point C progressed.

The result was a multi million-pound investment into its newest facility, which currently employs around 60 people with plans to increase to 100, drawing on local expertise to fill the roles.

It’s also committed to apprenticeships and upskilling, with around 8.5% of its workforce in “earn and learn” positions across its locations. The Risca facility alone hosts four apprentices with a view to recruiting five more in the near future.

Mathias & Sons Ltd

Mathias & Sons is a leading supplier of branded workwear and protective clothing in Avonmouth, Bristol. Having won a multi-million pound contract with Hinkley Point C, the company has grown by 25% in the past three years and invested in additional warehouse facilities to meet the rising demand.

The company now employs more than 50 people, having employed an additional 10 staff in the last 18 months – in large part due to the Hinkley Point C contract.

The contract is also providing a legacy benefit to this family business, as it now supplies a number of Hinkley Point C contractors for non-Hinkley-related work, further expanding this local supplier.

Developing Centres of Excellence

Hinkley Point C is training a pool of skilled supervisors and technicians to support the ramp-up of mechanical and electrical installations.

Training will be delivered through new Centres of Excellence and, in partnership with colleges, training providers and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board will provide a range of routes into highly-skilled, in-demand roles. These centres are supporting the UK’s industrial capability or major infrastructure projects whilst addressing specific skills shortages.

Welding Centre of Excellence

The Welding Centre of Excellence opened in autumn 2020 to address the national welding skills shortage. Making use of EDF’s existing £4.5 million investment into the Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater & Taunton College, the Centre is supporting training for local people and delivering programmes – such as the Government’s Bootcamp training scheme – to provide routes into work for those seeking employment. Using the latest equipment, the Centre is ensuring the highest possible training standards for welding across nuclear projects. 

Electrical Centre of Excellence

The Electrical Centre of Excellence will be located at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre in Bridgwater. Benefitting from a £4 million investment from EDF, the Centre will be used to train the skilled workers required for the construction of Hinkley Point C. 

Mechanical Centre of Excellence

Under development at the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre. This new centre will help to train mechanical engineering disciplines and house Hinkley Point C mock-ups which are designed to mitigate delays and risks to the programme, and to conduct mechanical technical testing to verify competency.

Stacey Sowden

When Stacey’s friend shared an article on social media about Bylor and their pledge to drive more women into the construction industry, it immediately caught her eye – despite having very little knowledge of steel fixing or the construction industry.

Having grown up in Somerset, Stacey moved to Hertfordshire at the age of 16 to pursue her passion for football at the Arsenal Football Academy. Now, having started her steel fixing apprenticeship at Hinkley Point C, she has moved back to Somerset to complete her training. 

Stacey said: “The Hinkley Point C project has given me opportunities I didn’t know existed; the training provided is something any business should be proud of. I’ve been put through multiple training, including the IPAF. It’s valid for five years and can be used in over 150 different countries - paid for and provided by the Hinkley Point C project. 

I chose to do an apprenticeship as I wanted to become further qualified and gain knowledge and experience in an industry I knew nothing about. My intention is to combine my skills and qualifications to become a blue or black hat on site, as one thing I have noticed since being here is that there are no female blue/black hats and I’d love to be the one that makes a change to that.”

Victory Hall

Stogursey Victory Hall, only a kilometer from the Hinkley Point C site, is one of the flagship projects funded by the Community Fund.

Victory Hall has been designed for community use and will serve the local and wider area with facilities including a large multi-use hall, state-of-the-art changing facilities and a new high specification kitchen which can function as a small café or for large events such as weddings.

Replacing the old hall built in the 1950s, Stogursey’s brand new Victory Hall has been made possible thanks to a £1.55m grant from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund.

The Stogursey Victory Hall project also attracted grants from Sport England, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Fairfield Trust, Viridor Credits and Stogursey Parish Council.

Community Safety Lead

Ryan Kelly is the Community Safety Lead for the project – a role that is employed by Sedgemoor District Council and funded by the Hinkley Point C project.

Working on anything from safety lessons in schools and parking challenges in rural villages, to antisocial behaviour and ensuring welfare standards across caravan parks – his role is varied.

In collaboration with the Hinkley Point C Community Relations team, Ryan investigates and resolves concerns raised by members of the public.

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 about the safety and security of their customers.

Wildlife Monitoring

As part of Hinkley Point C’s commitment to environmental protection, the project has been monitoring birds on the river Parrett and on the coast close to the construction site.

The monitoring is helping to understand any potential impacts of the project on bird populations within the areas around site, which are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Specially Protected Area and RAMSAR site, because of its importance to birds. 

The monitoring is made possible by a collaboration with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Steart Marshes – the closest nature reserve to the construction site and where the project is funding a warden to take on the monitoring, as well as engagement work with the reserve’s many visitors.

From Field to Fork

From its inception in 2014, Hinkley Point C’s caterer, Somerset Larder, has taken great care selecting its suppliers.

Developing personal relationships with every food producer, farmer and drinks manufacturer associated with the business has been at the heart of its philosophy - setting standards for best practice within the industry. 

Travelling less than 100 miles from source to distribution is a major part of the ambition, using seasonal produce from the rich variety of food and drink on offer in the South West region. For example, the company works very closely with Pynes Butchers, which is based close to the main production kitchen in North Petherton.

Other suppliers include Gundenham Dairy in Wellington, Glastonbury Spring Water, Yeovil-based Mortimer’s Bakery and Arthur David fruit and veg in Bristol. The company also works with smaller food enterprises, giving them the chance to be part of scaled up catering contracts usually only open to larger producers.

In the year that Glasgow hosts the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, all eyes are on Britain’s commitment to cut emissions to net-zero. I am proud that Hinkley Point C’s reliable, low-carbon electricity will play a key role in helping the country meet its binding targets. As well as helping the environment, our power station has a vital part to play for people and the economy. With the country finally emerging from the shock of the pandemic, Hinkley Point C will create jobs and skills across the whole UK, just as they are needed most.

Stuart Crooks, Managing Director, Hinkley Point C Project

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