Energy Minister opens new training centre at Hinkley Point C

Energy Minister opens new training centre at Hinkley Point C
The Energy Minister, Greg Hands has opened one of three new training centres to support the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset. Together with existing facilities and investment into education and skills, the centres will be ready to help local people join the 4,000 workers needed for the next phase of the power station’s construction.

The Minister unveiled the new Welding Centre of Excellence at Bridgwater and Taunton College’s campus in Bridgwater this morning (Thursday 28th April). The project has invested £8 million into the three new facilities, in partnership with the college. The Welding Centre will train and qualify 500 welders a year, benefiting local people and meeting skills shortages in the South-West and across Britain.

Many trainees live in the surrounding area and will take advantage of the 4,000 jobs being created for Hinkley Point C’s next phase, which will see miles of pipes and electrical cables being fitted across the power station.

It comes as Hinkley Point C publishes its 2022 Socio-Economic Impact Report, which shows that:

  • The opportunities provided by Hinkley Point C are playing an important role in improving social mobility in the South West – making a difference to people who need support.
  • The project has trained 922 apprentices and is on track to hit its target of hiring 1,000 apprentices during construction later this year.
  • £4.1 billion has been spent directly with companies in the South West so far.
  • The local area is directly benefitting from Hinkley Point C’s investment and the town of Bridgwater is now outperforming major regional cities in terms of productivity.
  • The District of Sedgemoor is seeing the largest growth in household income of any area in Devon and Somerset – above the regional average and above cities like Exeter and Plymouth.
  • 1,400 companies in the South West are now involved in building Hinkley Point C, with 14,000 jobs expected to be supported throughout the project.

The welding facility is the latest Centre of Excellence to be opened in support of the Hinkley Point C project, which has now invested a total of £24 million into education, skills, and employment support. It joins the Electrical Centre of Excellence in Bridgwater and the Construction Skills and Innovation Centre, in Cannington. A Mechanical Centre of Excellence is also due to open in Cannington this summer, and will train students in techniques including pipefitting, steel erection and plating. Together they will support the next phase of the project, as electrical systems and major components begin to be installed.

The centres will provide new routes to people who are looking to start a career in construction, regardless of their background or skill set. New training courses have been launched, including the government’s Bootcamp scheme, T-level work experience placements and supported traineeships.

Kind regards

Hinkley Point C Community Relations Team

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