A group of year 11 and 12 school students from Anglesey were given a taste of working life at Wylfa Newydd last week as part of Horizon’s first Work Insight Week.
Held at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni, the programme gave students exclusive access to Horizon team members, who provided them with a series of activities covering everything from how to build a generator to interview tips and techniques. They also took part in a site visit to find out more about the future of energy generation on Anglesey and the significant opportunities Wylfa Newydd will create.
Claire Burgess, Horizon’s Education Programme Coordinator, said: “The Wylfa Newydd Project is incredibly varied and we’ll need a range of skilled people to help us plan for, engineer, build and operate the proposed power station. It’s our role to help people understand the opportunities it will bring and events such as our Work Insight Week help local young people to get under the skin of the Project. We were thrilled with how impressive the students were throughout the week, they threw themselves into the challenges and tasks we set them and I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
As well as helping the students understand the Project more fully, the week also helped the pupils build confidence, giving them the opportunity to hone their presentation skills and work together in teams to solve problems.
Luke Williams, who joins Horizon in September as an apprentice, said: “Events like Work Insight Week explore the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring. They bring the Project to life and get people excited about the wider energy industry – which has huge potential for people like me across Anglesey and North Wales. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with future school students. I’d always encourage young people to get involved when opportunities like this come up.”