Horizon Nuclear Power has teamed up with two universities in North Wales as it looks to recruit the latest round of graduates who will help push forward its Wylfa Newydd development.
Bangor University, with whom Horizon signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January, and Bangor University in Wrexham, will be joined by Cardiff University, the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London in providing candidates for the five places.
The move forms part of Horizon’s commitment to work with key local and regional partners to ensure the benefits of the development are felt by those closest to it, including s young people. It builds on the support the company has given to Coleg s Cwmni Prentis Menai over the past four years and the outreach work it undertakes in local schools, as well as past, successful Horizon graduate recruitments from the island. The company will also roll out both an apprenticeship programme and scholarships in the coming year which will provide local youngsters more potential routes into the exciting, varied and long-term opportunities the project will offer.
Mark Tippett, Learning and Development Manager at Horizon, said; “We’re keen to include key universities in North Wales amongst those we work with as we grow the number of graduates we recruit year-on-year.
“It’s a great time to take advantage of these roles at Horizon, with the company growing quickly and Wylfa Newydd progressing through its major milestones. This – along with the wealth of experience at Horizon, which employs people with decades of experience from across the sector – means the successful graduates will have the opportunity to learn a great deal as well as helping move forward this crucial project.”
Cain Thomas, who grew up in Bryngwran on Anglesey and joined Horizon as an industrial placement student said: “The experience I’ve gained over the past six months at Horizon has been invaluable. I’m currently working in Horizon’s Generic Design Assessment team as a Mechanical Engineer, helping in presenting the Wylfa Newydd technology for inspection by the regulator.
“After completing my degree I hope to join Horizon\’s Operations Department with an aspiration to return to the Island to be an Operator at the future power station.”
The roles will comprise four two-year engineering placements, which will rotate around different areas of the business to give the graduates a full flavour of what it takes to deliver a new power station, and a 12 month engineering industry placement.
As well as working with the five universities, Horizon will also utilise the data base of those who have previously registered their interest in such placements.