The Nuclear Sector Deal sets out the Gender Target to achieve 40% women in the nuclear industry by 2030, and 50% women apprenticeship starts by 2021.
Sizewell C established a Gender Balance Network in 2019 to focus on the issue and support more women to join the male dominated nuclear industry, signing up to the Nuclear Sector Deal underlines this commitment.
Caroline Powell, Chair of the Sizewell C Gender Balance network, said: “Sizewell C gives us an exciting opportunity to develop a team which reflects society - balanced. Underpinning this positive ethos with firm sector targets is an important step in our journey towards gender balance.”
The project now has a process for reporting on gender targets every 6-months to a Gender Board, with senior leadership review sessions held each quarter to maintain focus and drive actions to yield results.
The active network has a busy schedule of events which bring sharp focus to the issue and in addition to the Nuclear Sector Deal targets, has committed to:
- Review recruitment and retention policies to ensure they support the gender balance aims by, for example, including unconscious bias training for the interview panel
- Ensure all SZC networks such as the Working Parents Network, have a gender balance
- Diversity amongst public speakers for the project
- Adopt lessons learnt from Hinkley Point C, the sister project for Sizewell C, for example sharing success stories of women in leadership positions on the project
- Share more case studies on the variety of roles within the industry and how they are being carried out by women