Hopefuls are beginning to apply for the next round of Sizewell C apprenticeships, taking their next steps towards joining the project to build Suffolk’s new nuclear power station.
There are dozens of apprenticeships on offer in welding, project controls and pipe fitting.
The day-long session will cover classroom based academic tests and practical assessments in the college workshops using equipment such as the welding bays.
Sarah Williamson, Sizewell C Civils Programme Director said: “Sizewell C will deliver 1,500 apprenticeships and these early opportunities are a fantastic route into the project for students to learn their craft at Hinkley Point C and transfer back to Sizewell C as qualified welders and engineers. The opportunities are real, they are being delivered now and I would encourage anyone serious in pursuing a rewarding career in civils to consider the growing nuclear sector.”
Jack Milton was a student at East Coast College when he was selected for a Sizewell C apprenticeship, he is now in the second year of the programme and recommends the training to other local students, “I am on my way to being a qualified welder, ready to work at Sizewell C.”
The project is working with local education providers, such as East Coast College, to ensure the skills are in place now so local people can work with Sizewell C.
Sizewell C will need a diverse range of skills from construction and engineering through to hospitality and project management. The project has signed Memorandum of Understanding with all FE colleges in Suffolk to ensure the skills are in place for local people to take up the opportunities that will be on offer.
Some of those apprenticeships have already started with us and young people from Lowestoft are working at Hinkley Point C, which is five years into construction, and will come back to Sizewell C fully qualified.