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Hinkley Point C becomes first site to enter CIOB training partnership

5 October 2020

The Hinkley Point C site in Somerset

In an industry first, a construction site rather than a company has entered into a Training Partnership with the CIOB. 

The CIOB team in the South West has been working closely with EDF on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project in Bridgwater, Somerset, over the past couple of years to assist with the professional development of the site management team. 

After staging different activities and raising onsite awareness, the CIOB has now enabled Hinkley Point C to enter into a Training Partnership agreement. 

The CIOB has seen the site open its Apprenticeship and Skills Hub, and now offers a streamlined electronic process for membership enquiries via the Training Partnership which can be found on the Learning Development page of its onsite web page. 

Having a ‘construction site’ enter into a Training Partnership is a first for the institute and will provide a one-stop shop for those on site wanting to enhance their professional development.

Louise Dobson, HPC learning and development lead – upskilling, said: “We recognise the positive impact a professional qualification can have on upskilling an individual both in their current role and in preparation for future career opportunities and aspirations. 

“The Training Partnership agreement promotes our commitment to skills development and will enable us to have greater insight into how many people have benefited from a professional qualification through the project. It also provides construction professionals with direct access to advice, guidance and support from a trusted partner.”

Training Partnerships are a free service the CIOB offers to built environment organisations. Forming a joint venture with the company, the CIOB creates a bespoke training, learning and development plan for the staff, paving the way towards a fully Chartered workforce.

Individual plans are created for each employee or employee group, taking their unique needs into account. Advice is then offered on the most suitable routes towards becoming Chartered. 

The training programme can be tailored to members of staff regardless of age, experience and qualifications.

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