And Wylfa Newydd welcomes its newest intake
Horizon Nuclear Power’s third year technical apprentices are set to begin an eight-month placement that includes working at nuclear power stations in Spain, as a dozen new apprentices are welcomed to Wylfa Newydd.
The 10 third-year apprentices will gain valuable experience of working at operational nuclear power stations across Spain, thanks to Horizon’s training partner Tecnatom, including being involved in the refuelling process. This experience will go towards the qualifications they need to complete their Technical Apprenticeship Scheme at Horizon.
Horizon has also welcomed 12 new technical apprentices to the Wylfa Newydd team, the
third cohort since the apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2016. The new intake means
that Horizon now employs 33 apprentices, with the majority Welsh-speakers living on
Anglesey. Initially based at Coleg Menai in Bangor, they will move to the brand new multimillion-pound
Engineering Centre in Llangefni when it opens in the coming months.
Apprenticeships last three years and are run in partnership with Gr?p Llandrillo Menai.
Gwen Parry-Jones, Executive Director, Operations Development at Horizon Nuclear Power,
said: “This is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our final year apprentices. Not
only will they work in several operational nuclear power stations, but they’ll also have the
chance to live and work in a different country with a new culture, language and team. I’m
delighted we’ve been able to organise this in partnership with our training partner Tecnatom
and provide such a valuable experience for our apprentices.”
The placement programme, which runs from 11 September 2018 until April 2019, will see the
apprentices working every four weeks in Spain at several nuclear sites, before working for
one week back with Horizon in north Wales.
Gwen Parry-Jones added: “We’re so pleased to welcome our newest members of the team
to the Wylfa Newydd Project. Our apprenticeship programme continues our commitment to
investing in the next generation of workers and we hope this opportunity will inspire them to
work in this exciting industry once they’ve gained their qualifications.”
Cari Jones, first-year apprentice at Horizon, said: “I’m so excited to have joined Horizon, as
I’ve always wanted to become an engineer. I’m the second generation of my family to work in
the nuclear industry on Anglesey, so I’m proud to follow in their footsteps. This
apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity, as it means I can work while gaining new
qualifications and stay on the island.”