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EDF Energy underpins commitment to nuclear skills with signing of ECITB Skills Charter

01 December 2015/Categories: Media News

EDF Energy is leading by example by signing-up to the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) Skills Charter as part of its plans to build the first new nuclear power station in the UK for a generation at Hinkley Point C.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley Point C’s construction director and Chris Claydon, chief executive officer at the ECITB jointly signed the charter at the Hinkley Point C site in Somerset today (Tuesday, December 1).

The Skills Charter recognises EDF Energy’s commitment to skills development to ensure the long-term competence and training of its workforce. The signing also underpins EDF Energy and the ECITB’s promise to develop new talent for the future of the nuclear industry in the UK and to help close a national skills gap.

Jamie White, central training manager for Hinkley Point C, said:

“EDF Energy is committed to working with its partners and we will promote the core principles of the charter across our business and supply chain. Many of the ECITB’s member companies are involved with our nuclear new build programme so this is the perfect opportunity to lead from the front – building a long-term sustainable workforce for the future through continuous upskilling of our own workforce. We are also developing a range of opportunities for young people to join this exciting sector."

Chris Claydon, chief executive of the ECITB said:

“We are delighted to be part of today’s event to celebrate EDF Energy’s commitment to the Skills Charter. This is a very significant moment and sends out a strong message about the potential of the industry to create many thousands of new jobs and the need for long-term investment in the UK’s skills base. The ECITB is keen to work together to meet the long-term skills needs of the industry.”

As part of its collaboration with the ECITB, EDF Energy is also working on a number of other initiatives with the board. These include the accreditation of courses in advanced behavioural training for leaders and additional technical training and support.

EDF Energy works collaboratively with a range of industry training boards through an innovative Employee Affairs Unit which ensures its workforce benefits from the best possible training and skills development.

The Hinkley Point C project will strengthen British industry, jobs and skills with 25,000 job opportunities during its construction. The proposed power station will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet 7 per cent of UK demand.

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