Inspiring the next generation

Inspire is Hinkley Point C’s education programme in Somerset and the wider South West region.

We offer a range of free and innovative activities including hands-on STEM workshops, curriculum-linked teaching resources, assemblies and events for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 – to help young people take advantage of the huge opportunities that the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C has to offer.

Year 10 Inspire ‘Step into Engineering’ sessions

Instead of a ‘formal’ Year 10 work experience, we deliver ‘Step into Engineering’ sessions for Year 10 students. Depending on location, the day consists of an engaging engineering workshop supported by apprentices/volunteers. The Somerset sessions also include a Hinkley Point C site tour. Each session has a maximum number of 50 students.

For further information and to register, please email to admin@stemworks.co.uk with the clear heading ‘Year 10 Inspire Step into Engineering sessions registration’.

The dates for these sessions are:

  • EXETER: Wednesday 26 February 2020 (Cranbrook School Exeter)
  • SOMERSET: Tuesday 23 June 2020 (National College for Nuclear / Hinkley Point C site)
  • SOMERSET: Wednesday 24 June 2020 (National College for Nuclear / Hinkley Point C site)

Register to access our activities

If you’re based in Somerset or the wider South West region and work in education, the community or provide careers advice and guidance to young people, you can register for updates on the Inspire education programme to support your school delivery of CEIAG.

To be the first to hear about our free curriculum-aligned workshops, events and assemblies – and to keep up to date with new opportunities at HPC – register below. 

Resources for teachers

Download one of our assemblies or lesson plans for Key Stages 2-4 to support your teaching and help you to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks.

KS2

KS2 HPC Inspire assembly

This interactive presentation explains how the new power station being built at Hinkley Point C (HPC) will generate electricity. It covers the huge variety of jobs that will be available for today’s KS2 children when they come to leave school. And there’s a fun quiz at the end to test how many facts the children can remember about HPC.

 


 

KS3/KS4

KS3/KS4 HPC Inspire assembly

This interactive presentation gives students a unique insight into the huge range of jobs required at HPC from its construction through to operation. Hear from young people already working on the project to find out their route into HPC and discover the different career pathways available to your students. There’s also advice – specific to each key stage – on what young people can do to improve their job prospects.

 


 

KS4

Make it fly

In this hands-on Science and Business Studies activity students are set a mock challenge to build a paper plane and generate a profit of at least £50,000. This activity supports Gatsby benchmark 4 and builds students' employability skills.

 


 

KS4

Project Nuclear

Students debate four proposals on the construction of a new nuclear power station in this mock assessment centre activity which will support your delivery of Gatsby benchmark 5.

 


 

KS4

Elimination

A task that is designed to test logic, reasoning and deduction skills via the process of elimination. This activity will support your delivery of Gatsby benchmark 5 and builds students' employability skills.

 


 

Making a difference to young people in Somerset

An independent evaluation of the Inspire programme

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.

Executive Summary

Upcoming events

Come and talk to us about the opportunities at Hinkley Point C. We will be at careers events and STEM festivals throughout the South West.

Date

Event

Location

29 - 30 January 2020SW Apprenticeship ShowWestpoint, Exeter

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Contact us

The best way to contact us is by completing our online enquiry form.

Call us on 0333 009 7070 (24 hour free phone number).

Stop by our visitor centre in the Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ.

Write to us at: Hinkley Point Visitor Centre, Angel Place Shopping Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3TQ

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