The proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant is a multi-billion pound investment project that will provide secure, affordable, low-carbon energy to around five million homes in the UK and create thousands of job opportunities in Somerset and beyond. Over the construction period, 25,000 new employment opportunities will be created, and once built, it is estimated that 900 people will work at the site during its 60 years of operation.
In particular, as part of this investment we have committed:
- £20m to help improve socio-economic wellbeing through dedicated community funds.
- Over £11m to support the provision of employment and skills for local people.
- Almost £16m to the improvement of roads and infrastructure in the surrounding area.
- £3m into our Inspire education programme for young people.
We want to equip current and future generations in Somerset with the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities that this project will provide. That is why we're working closely with local training providers to maximise opportunities for people who live nearby. But other local residents can also take advantage of the opportunities that we have on offer.
The Inspire Programme is aimed at encouraging young people to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It also lets young people in Somerset learn about the Hinkley Point C project and the associated opportunities available to them, as we want to help them enjoy career opportunities for life.
Inspire includes a calendar of EDF Energy events, workshops, and talks at regional events such as the Royal Bath & West Show, the Exeter Big Bang and the Cheltenham Science Festival. We hope current and future generations will be able to seek sustainable skilled careers both within Somerset and nationally.
For potential suppliers
As well as delivering a power station that can power five million UK homes with affordable, low carbon electricity, EDF Energy’s £16 billion investment in Hinkley Point C will also provide exciting opportunities for companies to join our supply chain – not only during construction, but once the plant is operational.
To ensure the success of both the Hinkley Point C and the following Sizewell C project we want to develop a robust supply chain from a wide range of international, national and local firms. That’s why we’re working closely with the Chambers of Commerce to make sure that Somerset, North Somerset, Suffolk and Norfolk businesses can easily find the information they need to apply for supplier opportunities.
For accommodation providers
We have joined forces with Sedgemoor District Council, West Somerset Council, North Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council to provide a website that makes it easy to register and rent rooms and properties to our workforce.
It’s also a great tool if you are looking for rental accommodation in the local area.
To register your room or property and search for the perfect local rental accommodation, visit www.somersethomelet.co.uk.
Our dedicated Accommodation Office is on hand if you would like advice or guidance. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0800 096 7360.
We are going to need a lot of skilled people to help us build and operate the proposed new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. Jobs will be provided through a number of our contractor partners as well as directly through EDF Energy.
We're working closely with Jobcentre Plus to make sure that people in Somerset can find out about and apply for these vacancies, which will be advertised via Jobcentre Plus as they become available.
At Hinkley Point C we are building more than a power station. Working together with our contract partners and local supply chain, our aspiration is to create 25,000 employment opportunities that include 1,000 apprenticeships spanning a huge range of disciplines from steel fixing to hospitality and business administration.
While we already take on around 50 apprentices per year across EDF Energy, it’s very clear that the apprenticeships we will be looking for at Hinkley Point C represent a great opportunity for those living in both the local area and around the UK.
We will be ready to provide more detail on our Hinkley Point C apprentices soon so keep checking our website and twitter feed for the latest updates.