Training and skills development for young people in Anglesey and North Wales have received a significant boost with a funding pledge for a regional apprenticeship scheme.
Horizon Nuclear Power will be joining Coleg Menai and the Energy Island Skills Group to provide funding for the new North Wales Apprentice Agency (NWAA).
The Agency will provide training and professional development to help young people gain the skills they need to make the most of the employment opportunities presented by the growing energy industry across North Wales – which is expected to create around 2,500 jobs by 2025.
Horizon will be investing around £90k to support 30 apprentices who start their training in September. As part of the programme, the apprentices will gain first hand experience with local employers to complete their training.
In announcing support for the NWAA, Alan Smith, Head of Site Development at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Our proposals to build a new nuclear power station at Wylfa could create a range of opportunities for local businesses employing home grown talent. This programme can help create a highly skilled workforce on our doorstep and help cement the region’s reputation as a centre of excellence.”
Dafydd Evans, Principal at Coleg Menai, added: “The energy industry is growing at pace right across Wales but it offers young people an opportunity to start a career that could take them anywhere in the world. I’m confident that the North Wales Apprentice Agency will equip our young people with the practical, vocational and relevant experience they need to access a wide range of exciting careers and I’m pleased that Horizon Nuclear Power has recognised the value of the programme and offered its support.”