HORIZON NEWS - 04.12.2017

Horizon announces new apprenticeship opportunities

Horizon Nuclear Power has today announced it will start recruiting its third intake of technical apprentices in early 2018.
Horizon’s comprehensive three-year apprenticeship scheme is designed to help build a strong and talented workforce that can help build and operate the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station on Anglesey. The scheme is designed in partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and gives creative, ambitious and technically-minded students the chance to work on a major infrastructure project while gaining valuable skills and qualifications.
 
Horizon will be looking for up to an additional 12 apprentices to join the existing 21-strong technical apprentice team in September next year. The new cohort will be based at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Bangor campus before moving to the new Engineering Centre at the Llangefni campus in early 2019, where they’ll develop their engineering skills and work towards a Level 3 apprenticeship in engineering maintenance.  As in previous years, the apprentices will also get the opportunity to visit other engineering sites across the UK to get to grips with working in a live environment.
 
Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re very proud of our existing apprentices and the immense contribution they already make to the Wylfa Newydd Project, so we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be taking on a third intake next year. It’s a great scheme, and one that gives local young people a real opportunity to develop and apply their skills to a major Project on their doorstep.
 
“As a business, we’re committed to investing in the next generation of skilled apprentices and believe it’s vital for the success of the Project. It will not only build a pipeline of talented workers here in North Wales, but positions the region as a centre for nuclear engineering excellence. It’s also part of our wider investment in skills – which also includes a £1m investment in Coleg Menai’s new Engineering Centre and more than £500,000 since 2010 for the fantastic Cwmni Prentis Menai scheme.
 
“Good luck to everyone that applies, and I look forward to meeting our new starters later next year.”
 
Dafydd Evans, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Today’s announcement is very good news for the young people of North Wales.
 
We are committed to working with Horizon to ensure that local people gain the skills required to develop good careers at Wylfa Newydd. We are very pleased to be working with Horizon in training their apprentices and look forward to welcoming the new cohort in 2018. They can look forward to training in the new world-class facility on our Llangefni Campus.”
 
Jessica Williams, an apprentice at Horizon, said: “I joined Horizon this September and it’s been a fantastic few months.
 
“Wylfa Newydd is one of the biggest engineering and construction projects anywhere in the UK, and the opportunity to work locally to develop my skills and interest in engineering is too good an opportunity to miss. I’m looking forward to continuing my studies and encourage anyone with an interest in technical engineering to apply.”
 
More information about Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme can be found online at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/technical-apprenticeship-scheme. Applications will open in early 2018.
 
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For more information contact:
 
Richard Foxhall – 07807 769265 or richard.foxhall@horizonnuclearpower.com
 
For further information on nuclear industry apprenticeships and skills schemes:
  • 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