15 Sep 15
Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy brings science to life at the Suffolk Skills Show

Suffolk students will get a chance to meet nuclear apprentices who were once in their shoes at the county’s annual skills show.

EDF Energy is the headline sponsor of the energy sector exhibition again this year and hopes to raise awareness of the range of careers on offer in the industry.

Staff from the Sizewell C project and Sizewell B power station will be on hand to provide advice on how to carve out a career in the energy sector and may be one day help keep the lights on in Suffolk.

Tom McGarry, Head of Communications for the Sizewell C project said: “"EDF Energy is proud to support the Suffolk Skills Show again this year.

“Events like this are vital as EDF Energy wants to inspire students in the STEM subjects and to provide information on the possible career paths that the industry has to offer.

“There are great opportunities in the energy sector for young people in Suffolk who demonstrate the commitment and grades. Here in the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 570 staff and 250 contracting partners with 36 local apprentices taking part in a four year award winning training programme. Furthermore, the proposed Sizewell C power station would provide 5,600 roles at the peak of construction and 900 staff when operational.”

The Suffolk Skills Show is the largest employer-led skills and careers event in the area and is expected to attract thousands of Suffolk youngsters. The show provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find out more about the world of work.

The event will be held at Trinity Park on 21 October from 9.00am -6.00pm for more information visit www.suffolkskillsshow.com

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/