Will Hinkley green light make the UK a hotspot for jobs in power?

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After months of uncertainty about the future of the UK based Hinkley Point nuclear plant, Theresa May and the British Government approved the construction of the 18bn project in September 2016, after “significant new safeguards” were created to protect national security.

The government knew it had to act with analysts predicting the United Kingdom was facing a ‘black-out’ if more power was not produced to meet high energy demand. On completion, Hinkley Point is expected to provide electricity to 7% of Britain's electricity needs for 60 year period.

“Britain needs to upgrade its supplies of energy and we have always been clear that nuclear is an important part of ensuring our future low-carbon energy security,” said Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

So is the future bright for Power jobs in the UK?

There’s no doubt that Hinkley Point will fill a huge hole in the UK’s power supply and provide power job opportunities for years to come. Once the plant is in operation it is expected to employ a workforce of nearly 1000 people, but as it is not expected to be feeding electricity to the grid for approximately ten years it won’t be a quick win!

In the intervening years Hinkley will actually provide a boost to the UK construction industry. The new reactors (to be built by Hitachi and Westinghouse (Toshiba) will take years to complete but should create 1000s of construction employment opportunities, including: construction, civil engineering, electrical installation, logistics, security, and support roles.

In fact Hinkley C will become one of the biggest construction projects in Europe offering an estimated 5,600 construction jobs at peak, equating to 25,000 individual job opportunities over the 10 year construction period.

If you already have nuclear project experience as a Project Manager, Engineer, Construction Supervisor, Project Planner, Cost Control / Quantity Surveyor or in Health & Safety, or Quality Control, there could be a construction job for you on this project.

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