13 Nov 17
Hinkley Point C

Skills event to showcase Hinkley Point C careers for young people

YOUNG people aged between 16-21 are being encouraged to sign-up to a new initiative to get hands-on at a skills day and meet the people who are helping to build Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, Hinkley Point C.

As part of the newly-launched Young HPC programme, young people who have registered with the scheme will be able to attend the first of a series of skills days to find out more about the Hinkley Point C project.

The event, which will be held at the Somerset Energy Innovation Centre, in Bridgwater next month, will enable registered participants to meet prospective employers and discover some of the elements of the jobs that are and will be available at Hinkley Point C.

To take part, young people need to have signed-up to the Young HPC programme by registering on the dedicated website www.edfenergy.com/younghpc.

The scheme 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.

Chris Young, Hinkley Point C’s apprentice and academy lead, said: “The skills day will be a chance for participants to meet contractors, find out more about Hinkley Point C and discover what apprenticeship and career opportunities the project could provide them.

“But they must register beforehand by signing-up on the website www.edfenergy.com/younghpc.

“The aim of Young HPC and our skills days is to help people 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.”

For those who don’t know what their dream job is just yet, the website has plenty of help and advice available to try and find the right role for them.

There are also useful tools to help people build their CV, develop an understanding of interview techniques and introduces them to some of the companies helping to build Hinkley Point C.

For more information contact:

Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
01278 654535
07813 232385
annelise.cowie@edf-energy.com

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.