21 Oct 16
Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy demonstrates support for young learners and teachers in Suffolk

  • EDF Energy is the headline sponsor of the first Festival of Learning in Suffolk aimed at bridging the gap between businesses and the education sector
  • EDF Energy announces it is a Patron of Suffolk’s Young Chamber
  • EDF Energy inspires students in Science, Engineering and Maths at the 2016 Suffolk Skills Show which attracts 5,000 visitors

EDF Energy, one of Suffolk’s leading employers, has announced it is to be a Patron of Suffolk’s Young Chamber.  The announcement was made at Suffolk’s first Festival of Learning event held at the University of Suffolk today and follows the energy company’s sponsorship of the annual Suffolk Skills Show earlier this week.

EDF Energy, which operates Sizewell B power station and is looking to build Sizewell C has strong links with schools and colleges in the county.  Through the company’s award winning education programme the POD, and work carried out by the Sizewell B visitor centre, the hub of the company’s education and community activity in the region, students around the county and beyond are being inspired to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director told leaders in education at the launch of the Festival of Learning today: “We want local people to have the best opportunity to gain employment and skills from Sizewell C.

“The Suffolk Young Chamber is one part of a range of activities and initiatives we will be involved in to help develop Suffolk’s talent over the years to come.

“We are currently working in partnership with local schools, colleges, training providers and the local authorities to help develop an education programme and the skills required to support the construction of Sizewell C.”

Suffolk Chamber’s Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford said: “We have a longstanding and mutually supportive relationship with EDF Energy. They are one of Suffolk Chamber’s patrons and we are working with them to upgrade our Sizewell C supply chain website aimed at ensuring that as many local firms as possible secure contracts to help in the construction of the new station.”


Notes to editors

The Suffolk Skills Show – 19 October 2016

The Suffolk Skills Show is an annual event designed to bring together employers, schools, colleges and training providers. Suffolk Skills Show offers the chance for young people to work out which careers are of interest to them, to look at their strengths and find out the best route to get the right skills for the job. The 2016 Suffolk Skills Show featured 100 exhibitors and was expected to welcome 5,000 visitors building on the success of the 2015 and 2015 events.

Young Chamber

Young Chamber is a new member offer for schools from the Accredited Chambers of Commerce in the UK.
Its purpose is to bridge the gap between businesses and education. 
Young Chamber provides a range of different ways in which Chambers of Commerce can help schools and colleges tap into the knowledge, skills and experience that local businesses can provide students for them to succeed in the world of work. 

Young Chamber patrons are able to participate in a number of additional products from the Chamber’s suite of services including sector specific events, business/education business leaders dinners and delivering specific employability events into Suffolk schools.

Suffolk Chamber is in discussions with other businesses about becoming patrons in other market sectors. Businesses interested in becoming Young Chamber patrons should contact Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford at Suffolk Chamber on (01473) 694807. 

Suffolk Festival of Learning – 21 October

This is the first Suffolk Festival of Learning event which will be held at UCS in Ipswich. The Festival will be celebrating all that is great in teaching, learning and assessment and developing innovative partnerships

EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.