EDF Energy signs ECITB Skills Charter

Artist's rendering of future Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
Artist's rendering of future Hinkley Point C nuclear power station | Courtesy of Gov.UK
EDF Energy has signed the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB) Skills Charter, the company said on Tuesday.

The signing comes as the company plans construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, England.

“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,” Hinkley Point C Central Training Manager Jamie White said. “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.”

Through the charter, EDF has made a commitment to ensure its workforce maintains competence through its training practices. The charter also facilitates development of future nuclear industry workers.

EDF is working with the ECITB on other initiatives that include development of behavioral training for leadership and course accreditation.

“We are delighted to be part of today’s event to celebrate EDF Energy’s commitment to the Skills Charter,” ECITB CEO Chris Claydon said. “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.”

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