The jobs forecast comes in the latest report into the positive social and economic impact of the new nuclear power station.
The report shows that spending with South-West based businesses has already hit £3.2 billion, more than twice the initial target of £1.5 billion set as the project began.
The 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. Facilities like the new Welding Centre of Excellence and Construction Skills and Innovation Centre operated in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College, give people a chance to learn new skills to start careers with the project, even if they don’t have previous experience.
The full 2021 Hinkley Point C Socio-Economic Impact report can be read here.
Hinkley Point C 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.”
It has also committed to apprenticeships and training “earn and learn” positions across its locations. For example, the Risca factory has four apprentices and a new graduate position working on Hinkley Point C.
Matthew Nesbit, group board director, said: “We have apprentices at all of our locations and the Hinkley Point C work touches all of them. It has given us the opportunity to develop and upskill our workforce to the highest nuclear standards. We’ve invested around £10 million in plant, infrastructure and people at Risca. The confidence to spend that kind of money comes from the contracts we have at Hinkley Point C, and we’re proud that we’ve been able to have a positive impact on the local community.