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HORIZON NEWS - 13.04.2018

Paint brushes at the ready for Anglesey Women’s Institute, thanks to Horizon donation

The Anglesey branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) will be ensuring an important local landmark looks its best ahead of the summer tourism season, thanks to a donation from Horizon Nuclear Power.
Horizon Nuclear Power’s Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme has helped more than 150 organisations across North Wales since it was launched in 2014. This latest contribution to the Anglesey WI has helped Horizon to reach an important milestone – investing more than £250,000 in good causes, projects and organisations near to the Wylfa Newydd site.
 
The group has received funding to complete renovation works at the Llanfairpwll WI Hall and Tollhouse. A much-loved local attraction, the building was also home to Britain’s first Women’s Institute in 1915.  
 
Renovation works to the Tollhouse, which has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the birthplace of the WI in Britain, will ensure the property is in pristine condition ahead of the influx in visitors over the summer months.  
 
The Llanfairpwll Women’s Institute still operates from the original hall and welcomes new members regularly.  Since being founded over 100 years ago the WI continues to move with the times, embracing the latest technologies, tackling local and national issues and taking an active role in local communities, all while preserving the heritage of the organisation.
 
Delyth Owen, Community Involvement Officer at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “The Llanfairpwll Tollhouse and WI hall is of great importance to the community and holds special significance on a national level too.
 
“We were delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative and were particularly excited to see that it was this donation that helped us to reach the £250,000 milestone.” 
 
Audrey Jones, Treasurer of the Anglesey Federation of Women’s Institutes, said: “We’re truly overwhelmed by Horizon’s generosity and delighted to be able to progress with the renovations. These two buildings in Llanfairpwll are of great significance to local people and are an important part of the national heritage of the Women’s Institute. We have a huge responsibility to ensure that they’re kept in pristine condition and remain accessible for our members and visitors alike. We’re looking forward to getting started.”
 
For more information about the Charitable Donations, Community Support and Sponsorship scheme and how to apply visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.   
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
     
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 09.04.2018

Meet the Horizon team at the next Open Surgery

Horizon Nuclear Power is inviting anyone interested in learning more about the Wylfa Newydd Project to drop into its next Open Surgery, which will be held on Monday 16 April at Cemaes Village Hall.

No appointments are needed for the drop-in sessions, which take place between 1pm and 7pm. The Horizon team will be available to give local people the chance to ask any questions they might have about the Project.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “Our Open Surgeries are a great way for us to continue having an active presence within the community and talk about the work we’re doing across North Wales, in addition to the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
“We’ve recently taken ownership of the former Wylfa Visitor Centre and are busy breathing new life back into the building. We’ve started work on repairing it, bringing the building’s services up to current standards and giving it a much-needed lick of paint. We’ve got some exciting ideas to bring the building back into the public eye in the near future, so keep an eye out for more information about our plans once we’ve completed the refurbishment.”
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – on 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com  
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 06.04.2018

Students offered insight to working at Wylfa Newydd

Students from schools across Anglesey and North Gwynedd are being offered a window into the working world of Wylfa Newydd, as part of Horizon’s Work Insight Week 2018.

Applications will open to year 11 and sixth form students on 9 April for this year’s scheme, which will be held this July at Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni. The popular Horizon initiative offers 28 students from across Anglesey and North Gwynedd the opportunity to take part in a range of activities run by Horizon staff, designed to get students thinking about working life.
 
As well as finding out how Horizon intends to build and operate its proposed nuclear power station, the students will visit the site to learn more about the Project and employment opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring to local young people.
 
Over the course of the week, the students will also develop some of the key skills they will need to use when they enter the working world. This will include chances to practice their interview technique, consider the importance of communication and practice their leadership and team working skills. At the end of the week, the students will all be asked to create and deliver a presentation for the Horizon team, explaining what they have learned about the Project during their week.
 
Horizon Nuclear Power’s Education Programme Coordinator, Claire Burgess, said: “We’re really excited to be running this popular programme again.
 
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to introduce young people to the work we’re doing and inspire them about the potential of working with us in the future, we’re already looking forward to welcoming them to the Energy Centre and the site in the summer.”
 
Jack Lander, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “I was fortunate enough to be involved in Horizon’s Work Insight Week last year and the experience gave us all a fantastic idea about what this Project could mean for us. We got a really good snapshot of the working world and, in my case, it was a stepping stone to getting a job with Horizon.”
 
Work Insight Weeks this year will be:
  • Year 11 - 9–13 July 2018
  • Year 12 and 13 - 23-27 July 2018
 
Anyone interested in taking part can apply via the Horizon Nuclear Power website: www.horizonnuclearpower.com/education/post-16
 
For more information about Wylfa Newydd and the opportunities it will bring, visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com, call the freephone information line on 0800 954 9516, or email wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 04.04.2018

Gender Pay Gap Report

Commenting on Horizon’s publication of its Gender Pay Gap Report, CEO Duncan Hawthorne said:

“I’ve always believed the success of this project is driven by the talent, commitment and dedication of our people. Horizon should be an inspiring place to work, and we should support our peoples’ career ambitions if we’re to continue to attract and retain the talent we need to meet the company’s challenging long-term goals.

“Historically our sector has been male-dominated and we have a responsibility not just to redress the balance, but to attract and develop the best talent possible.  The two are one and the same.  This is a long game and requires a dedication to promoting careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industries.

“Embracing diversity and inclusion is essential to the health of our company and will help us develop our people to realise their full potential and generate new ideas. Having a workforce that is truly representative of all sections of society will be an enormous benefit to us as we build a world-class business that treats people fairly, as well as creating opportunities for future generations. 

“We welcome the Government’s focus in this area and support the requirement to publish gender pay gap data. In this report we have articulated the nature of some of the challenges we are facing, as well as the progress we are making. As a leadership team we are committed closing the gap.  I very much look forward to reporting our progress in the future.”

Horizon is committed to continuing to create an inclusive environment where we support women and their progression to leadership positions. We are doing this in a number of ways, including:
  • STEM Ambassador programme whereby our ambassadors, including our male and female graduates, are active throughout the year within the wider community participating in career events and fairs to encourage careers within the sector, as well as presenting directly in schools to students of a variety of ages
  • Education outreach programme - ‘Futures’. This programme is not simply aimed at encouraging girls and boys to take an interest in STEM careers but also upskilling the communities surrounding our sites
  • Involvement in the Women's Interactive Network. This Hitachi initiative promotes the exchange of ideas across the women in the workforce and provides e-learning opportunities, research, online connections, events, mentoring and on-going support
  • Involvement in Hitachi’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This has recently been developing a framework to share with senior management and employees, to highlight and engage them in the value and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Commitment to wider industry initiatives such as the Nuclear Institute’s Women in Nuclear programme
Ensuring that women at Horizon have equal opportunities and a clear career path to senior roles is an essential element of our forward action plan to address the existing gender pay gap.  In addition, to ensure a flow of female leaders, Horizon will develop and implement programmes that provide opportunities for growth and progression and, where necessary, intentionally focus on and encourage high-performing women to participate in such programmes.

To read Horizon’s Gender Pay Gap Report, click here.  
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 19.03.2018

Horizon looks ahead to Spring 2018 at next Open Surgery

The Horizon Nuclear Power team will be talking about their forthcoming plans at the next Wylfa Newydd Open Surgery, which will be held on Monday 19 March at Cemaes Village Hall.
The Spring months look set to be a very busy season for the Wylfa Newydd Project, and Horizon’s monthly Open Surgeries continue to give local people the chance to find out more about the Project and speak to members of the project team.
 
Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “It’s a very busy and exciting time for us all as we prepare to submit our Development Consent Order (DCO), the planning application to build Wylfa Newydd, in the coming months. Our work at site continues to make good progress, with the completion of two new bat barns, as well as our ongoing archaeological digs.
 
“Our Open Surgeries continue to provide a regular opportunity for the community to meet the team and find out more about the Project and the progress we’re making.”  
 
More information about the Wylfa Newydd Project can be found by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516, emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com or following Horizon on Twitter @horizonnuclear and Instagram ‘horizonnuclear’.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – on 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com  
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 
 
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HORIZON NEWS - 08.03.2018

Welsh Minister visits Wylfa Newydd on International Women’s Day

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan AM, visited Wylfa Newydd today (Thursday, 8 March) to hear about the the work Horizon Nuclear Power is doing to protect and enhance the Welsh language and promote career opportunities for local people.

Visiting the site on International Women’s Day and during National Apprenticeship Week, the Minister was given a tour of the proposed Wylfa Newydd Power Station site to learn more about the project and discuss how the Horizon team is inspiring more women and girls to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
 
The Minister met some of Horizon’s female employees, including Nia James, from Dogellau, Gwynedd, and Sophie Wright, from Valley, Anglesey, both second year apprentices.
 
The Minister also met with Bethan Jones Parry, the independent chair of Wylfa Newydd’s Welsh Language Impact Assessment Steering Group. The group looks at how Horizon will manage the effects of Wylfa Newydd on the Welsh language while also identifying ways in which the project can protect the language for Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy.  
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales at Horizon, said: “It was great to welcome the Minister to our site – particularly on International Women’s Day – and to show her some of the work we’re doing to encourage more women to take up the sort of careers our project is already creating. We have a lot of women on our team already, including several apprentices who are fantastic STEM ambassadors for younger people. We’re lucky to have such a talented and diverse team and we hope they continue to inspire others.
 
“It was also fantastic to talk to the Minister about how we’re promoting the Welsh language; something we’re passionate about nuturing.”
 
Eluned Morgan, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, said: ““I really enjoyed my visit to Wylfa. I was pleased to learn about Horizon’s plans to ensure it helps the Welsh language to continue to thrive and to ensure the local community benefits from the development of the power station. 
 
“I was also delighted to meet Nia and Sophie. They are both excellent examples of young women forging rewarding and interesting careers for themselves through studying STEM subjects and apprenticeships. This will enable them to embark on careers in a highly skilled and technical environment with lots to offer in terms of progression, variety of work and job security.”
 
More information about Horizon and its proposals for Wylfa Newydd is available at www.horizonnuclearpower.com, by calling 0800 954 9516 or by emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
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For more information contact:
Phillippa Burgess – 01242 507702 or phillippa.burgess@horizonnuclearpower.com
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com (WELSH SPEAKER)
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Nia James, Technical Apprentice at Horizon, recently won Gold at the Skills Competition Wales Industrial Electronics competition and will now represent Wales in the UK Final.
     
  • Horizon will submit the final version of its Welsh Language Impact Assessment report in the coming months, as part of its Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the UK Planning Inspectorate.
     
  • Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.
     
  • Horizon’s development on Anglesey will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales, creating high-quality, long term employment opportunities and unlocking lasting economic and social benefits for the region.
 
 
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