The construction of Hinkley Point C is one of the largest and most technologically complex construction projects ever to be built in the UK and will require a highly skilled and competent construction workforce throughout the supply chain. With a build programme of approximately 10 years and a peak workforce of around 5,600, it provides an invaluable opportunity for sustained employment and enhanced skills provision for both individuals and businesses in Somerset and the South West.
Given the size and scale of the development, the Project will require the training and development of large numbers of people now and into the future against the backdrop of increasing demand from an expanding engineering and construction sector – a challenge that will be overcome by a number of innovative methods and investments.
The vast majority of the Hinkley Point C workforce will be employed by large Tier 1 contractors such Kier Bam, Laing O’Rourke and Costain. Each will provide EDF Energy with employment and skills plans to identify the required demand for workers and skills in their specific area of expertise. This data can then be used to inform the relevant need for the supply of skills training by South West training providers.
Given the increased demand for skills in the coming years training providers across the South West are working in partnership with EDF Energy and the Tier 1 contractors to ensure both the delivery of skilled workers for the project and the opening of opportunities for the local workforce and supply chain.
In total, EDF Energy has invested over £11million into the local area to improve training and skills provision. The commitment ensures that local people are supported in both finding and taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the Project.
Of this total investment, over £6 million will be invested in Somerset Colleges to develop the skills required for the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C. Funding includes;
- £3 million investment into Bridgwater College in Somerset’s Energy Skills Centre to help students and local people secure new skills, training and jobs for Hinkley Point C.
- £1.5 million to develop the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre at Bridgwater College, which will provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ service to meet the training needs of Hinkley Point.
- A further £1.6 million has been invested in West Somerset Community College in the Hinkley Ready and Enterprise projects enabling local people to fully benefit from the opportunities that the Hinkley Point C project can provide.
Further funding has been committed towards the operation of the Hinkley Point C Jobs Service in partnership with Job Centre Plus. It is designed to place local people into positions both on the Hinkley Point C project and into other local business and employment opportunities in order to develop their skills and experience.
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