Apprenticeships at Hinkley Point C
At Hinkley Point C, our aspiration is to create 1,000 apprenticeships over the course of the construction phase
In under two years, the Hinkley Point C project has already reached a quarter of its 1,000 apprenticeship target, having recently recruited its 250th apprentice.
Natalie Brakes from Woolavington near Bridgwater is one of the 250 apprentices to have joined the Hinkley Point C project, enrolling in the Leadership and Management apprenticeship programme in April this year. Natalie will complete a 30-month programme combining training and assessment, with practical on-site experience alongside her G4S colleagues.
Natalie said: “Being local to the HPC project, and watching it progress, opened my eyes to opportunities I hadn’t considered before, including the Leadership and Management apprenticeship, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. To have the opportunity to play a part in one of the largest construction projects in Europe is fantastic, and I believe it’ll be a real spring board to my career.”
Chris Young, HPC’s Apprentice and Academy Lead, said: “Apprenticeships are at the forefront of our workforce development and skills needs and we want to provide the best possible access and experience for all apprentices working and learning as part of the project.”
“The wide range of skills required to build the power station means there really is opportunity for everyone. EDF Energy apprentices will also play a crucial role in operating and maintaining the power station throughout its 60 years of operation.”
Hinkley Campus, our on-site accommodation, opened its doors to HPC workers in June. The state-of-the-art 510-bed facility is the culmination of much hard work and collaboration from our supply chain contractors.
The facility managed by HOST, a newly established business consortium of local suppliers who have come together to service the campus accommodation, is in size comparable to Europe’s second-largest hotel establishment (when Sedgemoor Campus also comes online later this year).
Once on site, apprentices are part of a creative, vibrant and supportive environment providing the best possible foundations for any new career. Our apprentices have face-to-face support at an on-site apprentice hub, as well as digital access to relevant information, learning and care.
The Hinkley Point C project will provide many apprenticeship opportunities over the course of its life, from being an apprentice chef to carrying out an apprenticeship in construction. The majority of apprenticeships created will be through our primary contract partners - such as BYLOR, Balfour Beatty, Kier BAM, G4S, Alstom, GE, Areva and Framatome – who will specify exact requirements and commitments for each apprentice.
Our culture is inclusive and collaborative, meaning our apprentices will work alongside and socialise with a variety of people across our workforce. Experiencing our unique environment will ensure any apprentice has the best possible springboard to a successful career.
More than 100 young people attended HPC’s first-ever event aimed at showing how apprenticeships can lead to long and successful careers in the nuclear industry.
The event took place in Bridgwater’s Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, where teams from EDF Energy, Cavendish Nuclear, Somerset Larder, Babcock, Balfour Beatty, BYLOR, Kier BAM and HOST met apprenticeship hopefuls.
HPC Project Director Rob Jordan opened the event by explaining how his own career started with an apprenticeship inhis native Australia. “It provided me with a fantastic foundation for a career that has taken me all over the world,” he said.
“To anyone considering an apprenticeship at Hinkley Point C I would urge you to seize the moment and make the most of the opportunities available.”
He added: “From our side it is crucial that we engage with younger people, especially those of school age, to inspire the next generation to look to nuclear for their careers.”
Most of those at the event were from Somerset, although students from as afar afield as London and Grimsby also attended.
One of those, 21-year-old Urbano Heita Shetunyenga, is in his second year studying quantity surveying at the University of Westminster. He said: “This has been such a useful experience.
“I knew that if I came to Somerset I would make some great contacts and find out vital information about the project and the opportunities it presents.”
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