Independent research over five years has shown the positive impact of Hinkley Point C’s Inspire education programme for young people in Somerset.
In July 2014 Skyblue Research was commissioned to carry out a five-year evaluation of the programme. This independent research considered whether Inspire is meeting its objectives and making a tangible difference to young people by helping them to access the opportunities presented bythe construction and operation of Hinkley Point C. This report represents a final assessment, drawing on over 6,000 sources of primary evidence and a further 6,200 sources of data gathered by STEMworks (Inspire’s delivery partner).
The research found that:
More than 40% of the apprentices at Hinkley Point C who participated in the programme said Inspire had changed their career path for the better.
Half of the young people taking part in Inspire said they wanted to try harder in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.
- Interest in STEM careers such as engineering has risen by over 10% as a direct result of Inspire, helping to close nationally significant skills gaps.
- Inspire has helped increase social mobility with Hinkley Point C apprentices being more than twice as likely than the national average to have had free school meals.
- More than half of those given careers advice said they found it easier to get work.