EDF’s latest report into the social and economic impact of the new nuclear power station, near Bridgwater, projects the plant will deliver £18bn into the wider UK supply chain.
The report said that:
Over 750 apprentices have been trained already as the project closes in on a target of 1,000.
14,000 people have now been trained and assessed in facilities funded by Hinkley Point C.
Hinkley Point C Jobs Service is working with Somerset colleges and training providers to make the new roles as accessible as possible to local people.
The project’s Construction Skills and Innovation Centre and Welding Centre of Excellence are helping local people get skills needed to join the project.
The nuclear plant, one of the largest building projects in Europe, aims to generate low carbon emission electricity for six million homes over 60 years.
Hinkley Point C’s managing director Stuart Crooks said: “Hinkley Point C plays a vital role in the fight against climate change and this report shows the project is also able to create jobs and opportunity for British people and businesses.
“As we come out of the pandemic, we hope to safely increase the numbers working on the project and create jobs just as they are needed most. Our big investment in local education and training means we are ready to help people find work and start new careers.”