Engineering the Nuclear Future with AMS


AMS Nuclear Engineering was recently invited to present to a delegation exploring how the Hinkley Point C project has successfully integrated education and entrepreneurship into its framework.


Organised by Impuls Zeeland, a Dutch organisation supporting entrepreneurs in the Zeeland province, the delegation aimed to draw inspiration from embedding education at various levels—from secondary schools to universities—while addressing the critical shortage of skilled professionals in the nuclear industry.

The delegation sought to learn how equivalent organisations in Somerset have collaborated in the delivery of Hinkley Point C, understanding the journey and the lessons learned. Their visit included a comprehensive tour of the Hinkley Point C site, showcasing its construction and operational achievements.

This blog aims to summarise the discussions held during this event and highlight how Hinkley Point C has become a cornerstone of economic growth, job creation, and community development both locally and nationally. With a particular focus on the growth of companies like AMS Nuclear Engineering, this post delves into the vital role of education and entrepreneurship.

Hinkley Point C

Nestled on the Somerset coast, Hinkley Point C is not just another nuclear power plant. It represents a significant investment in the future of the UK’s energy infrastructure, promising a new era of clean energy. However, its impact goes far beyond electricity generation. Hinkley Point C has become a cornerstone of economic growth, job creation, and community development both locally and nationally.

Enhancing Education in Nuclear Development

Hinkley Point C underscores the critical role of education in the nuclear industry. Recognising a shortage of skilled professionals, the project has made significant strides in integrating educational initiatives across various levels, from secondary schools to universities.

Educational Partnerships: Collaborations with local schools, colleges, and universities ensure that education and training programs align with the needs of the project. These partnerships are pivotal in providing a steady stream of qualified local candidates, enhancing educational standards, and fostering interest in nuclear technology among younger generations.

Apprenticeships and Training: With over 1,000 apprenticeships already created, Hinkley Point C focuses on skills development. These programs offer young people and those looking to upskill valuable qualifications and experience, setting them up for future career success. This commitment to education ensures that the next generation is well-equipped to meet the demands of the nuclear industry.

Innovative Learning Approaches: By embedding education into the core of nuclear development, Hinkley Point C serves as a model for integrating theoretical learning with practical application. This approach not only addresses the skills shortage but also inspires students to pursue careers in this vital sector.

Fostering Local Entrepreneurship

The nuclear industry traditionally relies on established supply chains, but Hinkley Point C is keen to ensure that local companies have opportunities to participate and thrive. This focus on local entrepreneurship is exemplified by the success of companies like AMS Nuclear Engineering.

The Rise of AMS Nuclear Engineering

Among the many businesses benefiting from Hinkley Point C, AMS Nuclear Engineering stands out as a prime example of how local companies can thrive through such large-scale projects.

Specialisation and Expertise: Based in Bridgwater, AMS Nuclear Engineering specialises in the design and manufacture of electrical, control and instrumentation, and environmental monitoring equipment. This niche expertise positions them as a crucial supplier for the nuclear industry. Their expertise and ability to manage all aspects of a project lifecycle make them a key player. From handling enquiries and tendering to design development and specification, through FAT and substantiation, to installation, they ensure thorough verification and validation activities at each stage of the process.

Business Growth and Stability: A long-term, multi-million-pound contract for Hinkley Point C has provided AMS with the stability to invest in its future. This contract has enabled them to expand their facilities and workforce to handle larger projects and maintain a continuing role within the wider nuclear industry.

Expansion and Relocation: Having relocated from a smaller site on the outskirts of Bridgwater, AMS Nuclear Engineering now operates from new headquarters. This move has allowed the company to better support its growing operations and future projects, demonstrating their ability to adapt and scale with demand.

Job Creation and Apprenticeships: The team at AMS Nuclear Engineering includes locally based apprentices and trainees. These apprenticeships are part of a planned development strategy to leverage future projects like Sizewell C, ensuring a steady pipeline of skilled workers. This commitment to training and development highlights AMS Nuclear Engineering’s role in fostering local talent and supporting the broader community.

Touring the HPC Site

A tour of the Hinkley Point C site offers a firsthand look at the scale and complexity of this landmark project. Visitors can witness the intricate engineering and construction efforts, understand the project’s impact on local and national levels, and see how companies like AMS Nuclear Engineering contribute to its success.

Construction and Engineering Excellence: At the peak of construction, around 8,500 workers are on-site, showcasing the vast range of skills and professions involved. This includes highly skilled engineers, general labourers, and numerous support roles, providing opportunities for a wide demographic.

Long-Term Vision: Beyond construction, Hinkley Point C will offer around 900 permanent jobs for its operational lifetime, estimated at 60 years. This long-term employment ensures stable, well-paying jobs, contributing to economic stability and growth.

Community and Infrastructure Development: The tour also highlights the project’s commitment to community development, including infrastructure improvements, enhanced transport links, and investment in local housing and community facilities.


Hinkley Point C is more than just a power station; it is a catalyst for economic growth, job creation, and community development. By embedding education and fostering local entrepreneurship, the project ensures a sustainable future for the nuclear industry. The success of companies like AMS Nuclear Engineering underscores the far-reaching impacts of such projects, highlighting the opportunities for businesses to thrive and contribute to the broader economic and social fabric.

As Hinkley Point C moves closer to completion, its legacy will undoubtedly be one of opportunity, progress, and prosperity for both local and national communities. By prioritising education and entrepreneurship, this landmark project sets a precedent for future developments, ensuring a bright and sustainable future for the nuclear industry.

AMS Nuclear Engineering: Your Partner in Nuclear Excellence

At AMS Nuclear Engineering, we pride ourselves on being a pivotal part of the Hinkley Point C success story. Our expertise in designing and manufacturing electrical, control and instrumentation systems, and environmental monitoring equipment makes us an indispensable partner for any nuclear project. Whether you are embarking on a new project or looking to enhance existing systems, AMS Nuclear Engineering offers tailored solutions that meet the highest standards of quality and reliability.

Why Choose AMS Nuclear Engineering?

  • Specialised Expertise: With a focus on ‘front end’ instrumentation and other niche areas, our team is equipped to handle the most complex challenges in the nuclear industry.
  • Proven Track Record: Our involvement in large-scale projects like Hinkley Point C demonstrates our capability and commitment to excellence.
  • Local Talent Development: We invest in local talent through apprenticeships and training programs, ensuring a skilled workforce for the future.
  • Innovative Solutions: Our custom-designed systems are built to comply with stringent regulatory guidelines and provide accurate, reliable data.

Partner with AMS Nuclear Engineering to ensure your project’s success. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your nuclear development needs and help you achieve your goals. Together, we can build a brighter, more sustainable future.