12 Oct 17
Hinkley Point C

Energy at the Suffolk Skills Show

The company responsible for building the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation wants to inspire future engineers and scientists at the annual Suffolk Skills Show.

EDF Energy will be at the popular event which is being held in Trinity Park on 18 October.  The Suffolk Skills Show will be a great chance for students to meet nuclear apprentices working at Sizewell B and to find out more about the range of careers on offer in the energy industry.  Students will also be able to have a go at building a reactor using virtual reality kits.

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest electricity generator operating nuclear, coal, gas and renewables.  Locally, the company operates Sizewell B and along with partners CGN is developing plans to build two new power stations in the East of England, Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex and is constructing Hinkley Point C in Somerset. 

Sizewell B employs 550 staff and 250 contracting partners with 16 local apprentices.  The company’s apprenticeship scheme will be open for applications in the coming weeks so this month’s event gives Suffolk students a head start in finding out what EDF Energy has to offer. 

Jim Crawford, Sizewell C project development director, said:  “EDF Energy is delighted to support the Suffolk Skills Show again this year.  Events like this give young people the opportunity to meet people in careers they may want to pursue.  The energy sector needs people with an interest in Science Technology Engineering and Maths subjects and we are always happy to talk through what the industry has to offer.”

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

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