The sessions will initially be targeted at the civil building and construction sectors, but with an intention to roll it out to other sectors in line with the wide-ranging opportunities that the Wylfa Newydd project offers.
Developed in partnership between the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme (EIP), Horizon Nuclear Power and Welsh Government, the initial pilot programme will offer a series of interactive learning and engagement sessions with local and regional businesses around topics ranging from how to get ready to tender for nuclear contracts to security requirements.
Welcoming the programme’s launch, Leader of Isle of Anglesey County Council, Councillor Ieuan Williams said: “Utilising the local supply chain is of huge importance to both the development and to the local economy, and we welcome the partnership approach being taken to support local businesses. The work done by the programme will position North Wales companies to capitalise on future opportunities in the Low Carbon Energy Sector here in Anglesey and beyond.”
Tim Eaton, Commercial Director at Horizon Nuclear Power said: “A project on this scale presents big opportunities for local businesses who can demonstrate that they have what it takes to deliver in the nuclear sector. This programme will help any interested company to meet the standards and quality needed to compete for work, and is a clear demonstration that we are determined to see the benefits from our project flow into the local and regional economy.”
The programme was welcomed by Economy Minister Edwina Hart, who said:
“I am extremely pleased that Welsh Government, working in partnership with Horizon Nuclear Power and Energy Island have started to work together to equip the local supply chain with a better understanding of the expected standards and requirements. We look forward to hearing the results of this pilot and developing further programmes as the project develops and moves forward. The Wylfa Newydd project is the largest project for Wales, and we want to maximise every opportunity for Welsh businesses to benefit.
Alongside EIP, Horizon and Welsh Government, the delivery associates for the programme will include Business Wales, Construction Futures Wales, Construction Industry Training Board, the Nuclear Industry Association and National Skills Academy Nuclear.
Businesses can register their interest online at http://bit.ly/HorizonEvents The programme is open to all businesses with a facility or office location with an LL and CH postcode within Wales as a priority.