Plans for electrical training work on the £23bn Hinkley Point C project have been suspended as controversy over deskilling raises its head once again. According to the Unite union, two training standards that have been introduced by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) undermine the role of the electrician. Unite raised its concerns with EDF, the developer of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, which agreed to put training in this area on hold until the problem is resolved. The disputed standards relate to cabling and containment work – the ‘bread and butter’ work for electricians on new build construction projects, Unite says.
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