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.