Case Study

Sizewell C Weldability Sif Foundation

Sizewell C, an almost exact replica of successful Hinkley Point C in Somerset, will consist of two reactors capable of producing enough low carbon electricity to supply over six million homes while avoiding pumping over nine million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere every year. While a small number of specialist components can’t be made in Britain, 64% of the construction value of the project will be spent with UK companies, boosting the economy, and encouraging development within the skill sector. Sizewell C will also create 1,500 apprenticeships and investment in local infrastructure.

Weldability Sif have announced plans to develop a new centre of excellence in collaboration with EDF as a continuation of their commitment to train the welders of tomorrow. This news comes after successfully launching a training centre at Bridgwater and Taunton college in Somerset to support the Hinkley Point C project and have pledged to do the same in the East of England if Sizewell C proceeds. To this end, Weldability Sif have already installed a series of innovative welding simulators at East Coast college in Lowestoft to give students a taster for what a career in the sought-after trade would entail.


A spokesperson for Weldability Sif said  “Businesses are looking around the world for trained and qualified workers to undertake welding projects. Highly-skilled welders are in short supply and through the Sizewell C project we want to make sure there is a centre of excellence in place to train local people to take up these jobs and to learn a new sought-after trade.”


The Weldability Sif Foundation has supported over 40 institutions across the UK in commencing – or expanding – their provision for welder training.


Since its inception, the Foundation has helped to deliver over 16,000 welding qualifications and is making a real impact in addressing the skills gap that needs to be filled if the full benefits to UK industry are to be gained.



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