Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2020. This annual celebration brings together the apprenticeship community to celebrate the impact on individuals, employers and the economy. The theme for this year is ‘Looking beyond: making an impact’. By looking beyond traditional routes into employment, we’re able to find and develop talented individuals. This includes young school leavers, university graduates and experienced people looking to reskill or have a change of career.
So far, the Hinkley Point C Project has created 529 apprenticeships and our aspiration is to create 1,000 over the course of the construction phase of the Project. The wide range of skills needed to build the power station means there really is opportunity for everyone. Apprentices will also play a crucial role in operating and maintaining Hinkley Point C throughout its 60 years of operation.
Key to Hinkley Point C’s success is the ability to give our people the knowledge, expertise and experience demanded by a new generation of new nuclear build projects.
Leonie Smith, Skills Project Specialist at EDF Energy, said: “We want to build a community for all the apprentices at Hinkley Point C, so they can meet with others going through similar experiences and everyone knows where to access support and services.”
To do just that, we’ve lined up a programme of events for National Apprenticeship Week, including our first ever Apprentice Conference, which will bring together apprentices working across the Project.