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New apprentices at Hinkley Point C push total to more than 500

November 7, 2019

Today we mark another important milestone for the Hinkley Point C Project with 500 apprentices being trained so far.

The latest group of 12 apprentices joining Hinkley Point C have helped push the total number of apprentices on the project beyond 500.

Hinkley Point C Apprentice, Lauren Withers.

They include Lauren Withers, aged 23 from Bridgwater. She said: “I grew up in Bridgwater so it’s fantastic to have the opportunity on my doorstep to stay in the area and develop my career without having to move away.  My previous job was at a local bank branch and now my apprenticeship will take my skills to the next level and help me progress into management accounting.”

Hinkley Point C has already helped to create over 8,500 jobs with thousands more to follow over the coming years.  Today’s milestone shows the project is on track to create 1,000 apprenticeships during construction. The experience will be repeated for people in Suffolk and East Anglia at the proposed follow-on project at Sizewell C.

The latest intake of apprentices are also benefitting from EDF Energy’s award winning support to many of its contractors via direct transfer of its apprenticeship levy. Working with the National Apprenticeship Service, EDF Energy is now able to use 25% of its apprenticeship levy funds to help Hinkley Point C contractors like HOST create new apprenticeship programmes.

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