CAVC and UCATT join forces to train Hinkley Point workforce and community

23 October 2015

Cardiff and Vale College and UCATT join forces to train Hinkley Point workforce and community

Cardiff and Vale College and UCATT have teamed up to provide education and training to prepare the local community for the requirements of the Hinkley Point power station construction project.

The scheme aims to boost the skills and employability of communities across South Wales and the South West of England through the construction of the power station and beyond.                

UCATT are leading the collaboration between the College and three other unions; GMB, Unite and Prospect. CAVC will provide training and education to employees, union members and the community, enabling them to upskill for the construction of the power station in Somerset.

The College will also provide training in Maths, English and IT to people from the wider community who wish to take part in education courses. The joint initiative aims to support, recruit and retain a workforce for the construction of the power station on the Bristol Channel as well as supporting the growth and development of communities in the wider region.

Representatives from UCATT were given a tour of CAVC’s industry-standard construction campuses and spoke to students ahead of signing the learning agreement with CAVC Vice Principal for Commercial Business Development Mary Kent.

The joint project has already seen the engagement of many apprentices in the region, alongside the recruitment of union learning reps and the development of numerous Maths and English development courses. The collaboration is the result of a successful bid to the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

UCATT Learning Organiser for South Wales and the South West Jon Porter said: “UCATT are pleased to be leading on this collaborative ULF agreement within the ULF project. Cardiff and Vale College is keen to be part of the project that can offer high quality training to meet the needs of Hinkley Point C and other construction schemes. The provision that Cardiff and Vale College offers will meet the needs of employers and employees based across Wales and the South West of England.

“This relationship is progressive and enables a transparent collaboration through the project. It has been a pleasure to tour the College’s new facilities, meet with existing learners and see their work and meet key members of the College team. I am looking forward to developing this partnership for long-term success.”

CAVC Business Development Consultant Hannah Lloyd said: “This is a very beneficial project that will support learners, employees and employers across Wales and the South West. We are extremely keen to develop good working relationships with the unions involved in this project and support them in achieving key outcomes for successful impact to individuals.”