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Research shows how Hinkley Point C is improving career prospects for Somerset youngsters

November 28, 2019

New independent research over five years has shown the positive impact of Hinkley Point C’s Inspire Education programme for young people in Somerset. The programme, that supports the construction of the UK’s first new nuclear power station for a generation delivers free activities, workshops, assemblies and events whilst supporting careers advice for young people across the County. The team behind it have visited almost 500 schools and colleges in the area, engaging with over 167,000 students since it began.

The work by social analysts Sky Blue Research has found that:

• More than 40% of the apprentices at Hinkley Point C who participated in the programme said Inspire had changed their career path for the better.

• Half of the young people taking part in Inspire said they wanted to try harder in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

• Interest in STEM careers such as engineering has risen by over 10% as a direct result of Inspire, helping to close nationally significant skills gaps.

• Inspire has helped increase social mobility for those from less advantaged backgrounds. Hinkley Point C apprentices are more than twice as likely as the national average to have had free school meals as an example.

• More than half of those given careers advice said they found it easier to find their way into the world of work.

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