The construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, is big – and I mean VERY BIG.
Due to officially switch on in the middle of the next decade (if nuclear reactors switch on?), it is predicted that Hinkley Point C will provide around 7% of the country’s electricity, and the estimated cost of the project is £18 billion – I told you it was big!
To put this into some sort of perspective, compare this to other high profile projects:
- 2012 London Olympic venues and infrastructure – £6.7bn
- Crossrail – £16bn
- The Channel Tunnel – £9.5bn
- Heathrow Terminal 5 – £4.2bn
- The new Wembley Stadium – £757 million.
Energy company EDF is the power behind the project, and they will be working alongside a whole host of business partners, each offering their own specialist contribution. It is estimated that 60% of these will be UK based.
A list of the companies involved can be found here:
Work began last year, and at its peak of construction, there will be 52 tower cranes operating within the site.
But as well as being an amazing project architecturally and scientifically, Hinkley C will create enormous employment opportunities, both in the local Somerset area, and also nationwide. Currently there are 1800 people working on the project site, and this is expected to rise to 5,600. Overall, the project is expected to create up to 25,000 job opportunities nationwide – which is amazing!
And it is not all about construction – a project of this size and scale requires talented people with a whole host of different skills
As an example, a 1500 bed temporary hotel is being constructed, which will be run by fully-trained hotel staff. The construction and accommodation sites will be patrolled by a 100+ strong G4S security force – and all of this will be served by an internal bus route.
So what roles will be required? Here is a list of just some of the roles that will need to be filled over the coming years:
- Carpenters and Joiners
- Concrete Operatives
- Catering Assistants
- Plant Operators
- Security Officers
- Site Engineers
- Cable Pullers
- Electrical Technicians and Engineers
- Crane Drivers/Operators
- Project Managers
- Quantity Surveyors
- Steel Fixers
- Hotel Staff.
…..and there will be many more.
In order to feed the projects appetite for properly trained and skilled staff, the Hinkley Point C Jobs Service has been created. This will give live access to opportunities across all aspects of the project. Interested people can register their details and then be matched to suitable employment.
The project also plans to create 1000 new apprenticeship opportunities across the whole project. The apprenticeship roles will range from civil engineering to catering and will provide and excellent route for people looking to find their first job, or to maybe find a new role or career direction. EDF will set up an on-site Apprentice Hub in 2018, which will provide the training opportunities needed to produce a skilled workforce capable of achieving this incredible project.
Hinkley Point C has also set up its own Inspire Education programme, which will help the young people of Somerset to take advantage of the huge employment opportunities which now exist on their own doorstep. The project will encourage young people to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM as we know is), in the hope that they will one day move into one of the many STEM careers available through this project heading into the future.
Hinkley C is possibly the biggest, and most ambitious construction project ever to be undertaken in this country. Alongside other existing or planned projects, such as Crossrail, the Queensferry Crossing, and HS2, the future of construction in this country seems to have a very strong and positive future. All of these projects rely on the quality and skills of their staff, and Hinkley C is certainly taking this element very seriously. Use the links above to get involved in this amazing project.