A new generation of nuclear power stations
Meet the people on the ground at our new power station, and discover how we’re building a brighter future.
The energy challenge ahead
The UK urgently needs new investment in energy infrastructure to replace old and polluting electricity generation sources. Since 2010 26 power stations have closed, which equates to 20% of the UK’s generation capacity. By 2030 a further 35% of existing generation capacity will close down. We’re committed to providing a clean, secure and reliable solution to this problem, and we believe nuclear power has an important role to play. Nuclear is the most affordable large-scale, low carbon energy source available to the UK.
Hinkley Point C: A new kind of power station
We’re investing in the next generation of nuclear power stations. Hinkley Point C in Somerset is the first of these developments. Once finished, it should provide electricity to over 5 million homes for the next 60 years.
But we know that to really succeed, it takes much more than bricks and mortar. Any nuclear power station depends on a huge team of dedicated and skilled people. There’s a need for more scientists and engineers in the UK, along with the the promotion of subjects like science and engineering in our schools to nurture homegrown talent.
Read on to find out how we’re investing in the people who will power the future of UK energy.
Science in the classroom
In a world where climate change is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges the next generation will face, it’s never too young to learn about the importance of sustainability. Our award-winning schools initiatives, the Hinkley Point C Inspire Education Programme and The Pod are bringing important topics like energy, waste transport, biodiversity and climate change to life for the next generation. And they do this through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“As a child I always used to play with toy cars instead of Barbie dolls, and that helped develop my interest in engineering.” Amy Edmundson, Engineering Maintenance Apprentice
Inspiring the next generation
We’re investing in the Inspire Education Programme – helping schools bridge a national skills gap in science, technology, engineering and maths (also known as STEM subjects).
“Children in the classroom today could be in the control room of Hinkley Point C in ten years.”
Andrew Cockcroft, Community Relations Manager for Hinkley Point C
Here come the girls
We believe that attracting and retaining female talent is vital to the long-term success of the energy industry. That's why we've developed a programme that aims to spark the imagination of 11-16 year old girls, encouraging them to pursue STEM subjects at schoaol and in their careers. Find out about our #PrettyCurious programme.
The construction of Hinkley Point C is a huge undertaking, on par with that of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. At its peak, there will be around 5,600 people working at Hinkley and a further 900 throughout the station’s 60-year life span.
We’re investing almost £15 million in training, education and skills to make sure local people can benefit from the skills and employment opportunities Hinkley Point C brings.
Apprenticeships and training
Our hands-on apprenticeship and traineeship courses – in everything from engineering to business skills - give young people the chance to get stuck into a career straight after leaving school. Our apprentices are treated as one of the team, and are given a salary, meals and accommodation, holidays and other benefits.
Entering the job market can be a scary and uncertain time for today’s graduates. Luckily, a career at EDF Energy can offer long-term security as well as the chance to be part of the UK energy revolution. From Nuclear Engineering to Finance to HR, our graduate schemes are open to all kinds of skills and all walks of life.
From the technical challenges of building and maintaining nuclear power stations to managing a rapidly changing business, few organisations offer the scale and scope of EDF Energy. Hinkley Point C and our other planned nuclear power station sites will create local jobs for the UK’s best and brightest nuclear engineers and scientists.
Hand in hand with the environment
“Sustainability, in all its facets, is not just integral to our business. It is our business. It is our strategy. And it is our future.” Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive
Developments like Hinkley Point C create countless opportunities for skills, jobs and education. But it’s no secret that they can also create some upheaval. As a company, we have a vital responsibility to protect and add to the environment around us both now and into the future.
We’re currently providing grants to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals in the Greater Quantock area. These grants will help fund projects like tree planting, woodland management and dry stone wall restoration. We’re also playing our part to help wildlife thrive, for example we’re creating 13 half acres of bat foraging grassland and safely relocating badgers away from our construction site.
What does the future hold?
We’ve always been clear that Hinkley Point C is much more than a power station. It’s about making a real difference to people’s lives through jobs, investments in skills and a stable supply of low carbon electricity for the future.
It’s hard to predict exactly what the future will look like in 60 years. But we’re confident that we’ll have done our bit to build a better and brighter future for everyone in the UK.