Horizon announces further funding for apprentice scheme

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced a further investment of £90,000 in Gr?p Llandrillo Menai’s Cwmni Prentis apprentice scheme , taking the total amount invested by the company to over half a million pounds since it was set up in 2010.

Initially established to provide specialist skills training for the planned low-carbon energy projects under Anglesey’s Energy Island programme, the scheme has now developed to provide construction skills training as those projects near the construction stage. Unlike traditional apprentice contracts, Cwmni Prentis Menai employs apprentices directly and places them with local small and medium sized companies, where they develop their practical skills.

Alongside Welsh Government, Isle of Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd County Councils and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Horizon has invested in the scheme since launch in order to boost skills development and training across North Wales. Horizon also offers its own technical apprenticeship scheme, which is currently in its second year.

Greg Evans, Horizon’s Operations Director, said, “Cwmni Prentis Menai is an employment success story, and one we’re pleased to continue supporting. Although we’re now into Horizon’s second year of offering technical apprenticeships – through which we employ 21 of our own young people, it’s really important we back initiatives that encourage people into both the engineering and construction sectors.”

“We expect around 700 construction-related apprenticeships will be created during the build phase of Wylfa Newydd through the supply chain, and investing now will help to kick-start that essential process of learning so that local, qualified and experienced people will benefit from employment in building the landmark Wylfa Newydd power station. Good luck to everyone who applies for the scheme.”

Dr Ian Rees, Gr?p Executive Director – Business Development said: “We’re extremely pleased to see Horizon continuing their commitment to Cwmni Prentis Menai. Our intention is to provide placements for 16 new apprentices, many of which will be in Civil Engineering and Construction. The aim of these placements is to address the skills in demand during the preparation and construction phase of Wylfa Newydd-related work.”

Examples of the companies currently offering apprenticeships through Cwmni Prentice Menai are Ysbyty Gwynedd Maintenance Department, Varcity Living, Lynwood Joinery, Bejewell Joinery Ltd, DJB Plumbing and Heating, Bespoke Joinery Solutions, and AK Developments.