The Connected Places Award: EDF Energy

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Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018. 

Action and Impact
For EDF Energy, the UK”s largest energy company, the construction of the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant in Somerset represents a chance to deliver more low-carbon energy. It also represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create lasting, positive social change for the communities located near the site which will be in operation for at least the next 60 years.

The company’s HPC education, skills and employment pipeline project – simply known as, The Pipeline – is designed to engage local schools, to support students into the world of work, and then build skills and apprenticeship opportunities. “Whether it be inspiring the engineers and scientists of tomorrow in local schools, or supporting local people through training to access well-paid sustainable careers, the pipeline approach is truly making a difference,” says EDF Energy’s communications director, Kaa Holmes.

For local communities, the ambition of the project is to boost the take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at school, and to improve social mobility of those living in the area. For EDF Energy, this is about creating a skilled workforce for the future as well as improving reputation in an industry that has suffered from a lack of trust.