EDF Energy strengthens commitment to nuclear skills by signing the ECITB Skills Charter
EDF Energy is leading by example by signing-up to the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) Skills Charter as part of its ongoing plans to build the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation at Hinkley Point C.
Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C’s Site Construction Director and Chris Claydon, Chief Executive Officer at the ECITB jointly signed the charter at the Hinkley Point C site near Stogursey in Somerset today (Tuesday, December 1).
The skills charter recognises EDF Energy’s commitment to skills development to ensure the long-term competence and training of its workforce. The signing also underpins EDF Energy and the ECITB’s promise to develop new talent to feed the future of the nuclear industry in the UK and to help close a national skills gap.
Jamie White, Central Training Manager for Hinkley Point C, said: “EDF Energy is committed to working with its partners and we will promote the core principles of the charter across our business and supply chain. Many of the ECITB’s member companies are involved with our nuclear new build programme so this is the perfect opportunity to lead from the front – building a long-term sustainable workforce for the future through continuous upskilling of our own workforce. We are also developing a range of opportunities for young people.
Chris Claydon, chief executive of the ECITB said: “We are delighted to be part of today’s event to celebrate EDF Energy’s commitment to the Skills Charter. This is a very significant moment and sends out a strong message about the potential of the industry to create many thousands of new jobs and the need for long term investment in the UK’s skills base. The ECITB is keen to work together to meet the long-term skills needs of the industry.”
As part of its collaboration with the ECITB, EDF Energy is also working on a number of other initiatives with the board. These include the accreditation of courses in advanced behavioural training for leaders and additional technical training and support.
EDF Energy works collaboratively with a range of industry training boards through an innovative Employee Affairs Unit which ensures its workforce benefits from the best possible training and skills development.
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products 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 some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.