YOUNG people are being encouraged to sign-up to be part of one of Europe’s biggest construction projects – and they don’t necessarily need to have an interest in building or engineering to apply.

EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point C team yesterday launched a new programme called Young HPC for young people aged 16-21 at the One Step Foundation’s Somerset Careers Fair held in the Sedgemoor Auction House.

EDF say Young HPC is designed to help local young people discover the diverse range of job opportunities available to them at the Hinkley Point C project – everything from catering and security to marine work, welding and administration work.

And for those who don’t know what their dream job is just yet, there is also plenty of help and advice available to try and find the right role for them.

This includes innovative ‘hands-on’ skills experience taster days where those registered with Young HPC will be invited to meet potential employers and try out some elements of the jobs on offer.

Chris Young, Hinkley Point C’s apprentice and academy lead, said: “Young HPC will give young people somewhere to find help and ideas and enable them to decide what to do next – whether that’s working at Hinkley Point C, doing an apprenticeship or going on to college or university.

“It’s all part of the legacy we want to leave local young people by helping them to make decisions based on their own skills, interests and qualifications.”

The dedicated Young HPC website also has useful tools to help people build their CV, develop an understanding of interview techniques and introduces them to just some of the companies helping to build Hinkley Point C.

More information about Young HPC will be available online via the dedicated website