VGC is a major supplier of skilled trades and labour to Kier Bam JV for the construction of Hinkley Point C.
At peak times, we have over 160 people on the project.
Our teams of pipelayers and groundworkers are key to the enabling works and earthworks for the new nuclear power station.
Our shuttering joiners used a bespoke peri formwork floating shutter to build the sea wall.
We are well placed to ensure that local people can access employment opportunities for the construction works. Our office in nearby Bridgwater allows us to support our people working on the project, and to liaise closely with local agencies such as Jobcentre Plus and local training providers.
VGC’s skilled and qualified resourcing staff ensure that our workers have been rigorously checked to meet all the complex professional and security requirements of this sensitive project.
We work closely with the project management team and unions to ensure fair employment practices across the project. People on the project have the highest employment conditions on construction projects in the region. We operate the higher form employment terms and conditions of the CIJC WRA called CESA – civil engineering sector agreement.
We have supported over 50 apprentices on HPC. Concrete finisher Andrew White is one of 11 apprentices who gained NVQ and BTEC qualifications in the first quarter of 2019.
He said: “Although I have been involved in the construction industry for a number of years, I have never been given a chance to formalise my knowledge with a qualifications. I am pleased to have completed the course, and hope to achieve more in the future.”
Our experience in successfully recruiting local labour includes other flagship projects such as the London Olympics, Mersey Gateway and Crossrail.
About the project
Hinkley Point C is a project to construct a 3,200 MWe nuclear power station with two EPR reactors. It is expected to take ten years to build; the first electricity will be generated in 2026.
The construction and operation of the new nuclear power station will create 25,000 employment opportunities, and it will provide 900 jobs for its 60 year lifetime.
Hinkley Point C’s two reactors will provide reliable, low carbon electricity to meet approximately 7% of the UK’s electricity needs.
The plant has an estimated construction cost of £18 billion.