New scheme to link young people to dream jobs at Hinkley Point C
YOUNG people aged between 16-21 are being encouraged to sign-up to be part of one of Europe’s biggest construction projects – and they don’t necessarily need to have an interest in building or engineering to apply.
EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C team will be launching a new programme called Young HPC at the One Step Foundation’s Somerset Careers Fair on Wednesday, October 11. The fair is the largest of its type in the South West and takes place at the J24 Venue at the Sedgemoor Auction House.
Young HPC is designed to help local young people discover the diverse range of job opportunities available to them at the Hinkley Point C project – everything from catering and security to marine work, welding and administration work.
And for those who don’t know what their dream job is just yet, there is also plenty of help and advice available to try and find the right role for them.
This includes innovative ‘hands-on’ skills experience taster days where those registered with Young HPC will be invited to meet potential employers and try out some elements of the jobs on offer.
Chris Young, Hinkley Point C’s apprentice and academy lead, said: “We want young people to come along to the careers fair and register their details so they can become part of the Hinkley Point C project.
“Young HPC will give them somewhere to find help and ideas and enable them to decide what to do next – whether that’s working at Hinkley Point C, doing an apprenticeship or going on to college or university.
“It’s all part of the legacy we want to leave local young people by helping them to make decisions based on their own skills, interests and qualifications.”
The dedicated Young HPC website also has useful tools to help people build their CV, develop an understanding of interview techniques and introduces them to just some of the companies helping to build Hinkley Point C.
“By registering with Young HPC they will be first in line for our skills experience days – while anyone who is registered and likes our social media posts on Instagram and Twitter will receive a free keyring featuring Zingy, the character from EDF Energy’s advertising campaigns,” Chris added.
More information about Young HPC will be available online via the dedicated website www.edfenergy.com/younghpc which also launches on Wednesday. Hinkley Point C representatives will be at the careers fair throughout the day, while the main drop-in session takes place between 3pm and 7pm.
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 6 million homes, is under construction at Hinkley Point. 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 480,000 customers with over 30% 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.