The Mail on Sunday

EDF to recruit 10,000 to build reactors

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ENERGY giant EDF has embarked on a major recruitmen­t and training drive to prepare for the forthcomin­g nuclear power station building revolution.

Over the next five years it plans to take on 10,000 scientists, engineers and technician­s as it builds two reactors at Hinkley Point, Somerset, and two more at Sizewell, Suffolk.

EDF, formerly Electricit­e de France, hopes that by 2017-18 Hinkley will be producing power, followed two years later by Sizewell.

Chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said the company had already recruited 100 designers and engineers to its London head office.

In a speech to union leaders in London last month, he said: ‘We will recruit more than 10,000 new people over the next five years to drive our investment plans and renew our workforce.

‘When all four of our reactors are operationa­l we shall employ 700 people at Hinkley Point and a further 700 at Sizewell. And at the peak of the constructi­on phase we will employ about 4,000 workers at both sites.’

At the same time EDF is stepping up the training of its workforce, concentrat­ing on nuclear skills. The training centre at Barnwood, Gloucester­shire, which already trains 2,500 workers a year, will soon be significan­tly expanded.

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