G4S wins £4.3 million contract to help secure critical infrastructure

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G4S Secure Solutions UK is set to create almost 100 jobs for those living near Suffolk, after the company won a security contract worth around £4.3m from EDF, as part of the Sizewell C nuclear plant development. EDF has awarded the £4.3m interim security contract to G4S and so far, over 50 local residents have applied for positions or are in the process of onboarding, including the Contract Manager, James Self.

James, who was born and raised in Suffolk, joined G4S in 2018 as a Security Training Manager at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, before transferring to work at the Sizewell C interim contract, as the Contract Manager.

“It’s so exciting to be working at Sizewell C and being involved in job creation for the people of Suffolk and East Anglia like myself”, said James Self. “There’s going to be plenty of opportunities for those looking to change careers or get on the employment ladder, and they’ll be supported by an experienced and friendly team throughout their time with us.

“The roles we are recruiting for are more than a Security Guard. You’ll ensure the safety of our customers, contractors and their staff, their buildings and assets, whilst delivering excellent customer service in a safe and secure environment.”

This contract for Sizewell C is expected to continue through 2023 and available roles will comprise of vetting employees; managing access to the site in the Access Control team, monitoring surveillance systems, the perimeter of the site and being involved in incident management reporting. G4S is also implementing the Sizewell C Induction Team. Almost 80% of these new roles will be filled by workers who do not hold a Security Industry Authority licence, meaning that they will gain a new qualification working for G4S funded by G4S.

The working hours will vary depending on the role. Some roles will be Monday to Friday office hours and others will be on shifts. Since July 2015, G4S has been working on a 10-year contract to provide security services during the construction of Hinkley Point C, the first new nuclear power station built in Britain for a generation.

Two years later, the same customer, EDF, awarded G4S a multi-million pound contract, to provide facilities management services at the same site in Somerset, South West England.
“For over a decade, G4S has been committed to securing the UK’s critical national infrastructure and we’re incredibly proud of our work in creating thousands of job opportunities for local residents and sector specialists throughout the country.” said Alistair McBride, Strategic Account Director for G4S UK’s Nuclear Power and Utilities Sector.

The construction of Sizewell C is expected to take 10 years. Once constructed the nuclear power station will provide low carbon electricity for 6 million homes for at least 60 years.