Horizon confirms Wylfa Newydd apprenticeships

horizon new 200Local engineering students will be able to apply for apprenticeships on Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd Project from next year following agreement on an entry route into the new power station’s apprenticeship scheme.

Horizon has confirmed that students who complete the one-year Enhanced Learning Programme will have the opportunity to apply for a place on Horizon’s Level 3 engineering apprenticeship scheme. The Programme, which is delivered across North West Wales by Gr?p Llandrillo Menai, builds on the existing support Horizon has given to Coleg Menai’s Cwmni Prentis Menai training scheme over the past three years. Horizon is also recruiting an Anglesey-based Apprenticeships Scheme Manager to develop the various apprenticeship schemes that will be needed to train the future operational workforce as the project moves forward.

Mark Tippett, Learning and Development Manager at Horizon, said: “We’re demonstrating our commitment to growing our workforce locally, in partnership with local providers and organisations. Plus it’s a fantastic opportunity for young people in North West Wales who have an ambition to become a technician or engineer, to embark on that career path at Wylfa Newydd.
Dr Ian Rees, Principal of Gr?p Llandrillo Menai’s Coleg Menai, said: “We’re committed to helping local people access the education, skills and experience that will allow them to gain employment across the many developments planned on Anglesey. We’re working closely with various partners, including Horizon, to ensure we can expand and revise our current provision in order to develop new courses and training programmes to ensure local people have the right skills and qualifications needed.”
Commenting on the announcement, Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme Director, Dr John Idris Jones, said: “I’m delighted that Horizon is showing its commitment to providing as many opportunities as possible for local people here on Anglesey, the significance of which cannot be underestimated in terms of the longer-term economic sustainability of our unique culture and community.
“The Energy Island Programme has been working alongside Horizon for several years towards this end and we welcome the first fruits of this labour.”
The scheme will launch in September 2016 with an intake of up to 12 apprentices in the first year. Once fully developed, the scheme will continue recruiting annually over the 60-year operational design life of the power station.
The Enhanced Learning Programme is a one-year foundation course funded by the Welsh Government that gives students the tools to achieve a Level 2 qualification in engineering. It will be one of several routes in to the full Level 3 scheme that will be run by Horizon. Further details can be found on  https://www.gllm.ac.uk/courses/performing-engineering-operations-(the-enhanced-engineering-programme)/
For more information contact: 
Richard Foxhall (Horizon) – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com 
Claire Nightingale (Coleg Menai) – 01248 370125 x3910 or c.nightingale@gllm.ac.uk

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