HORIZON NEWS - 27.07.2018

More Anglesey and Gwynedd students experience working life at Horizon

Horizon has welcomed two more groups of Year 11 and Sixth Form students from schools across Anglesey and Gwynedd to experience working life at Wylfa Newydd as part of its annual Work Insight Week.

Coleg Menai’s Energy Centre in Llangefni played host to this year’s sessions, where two groups of students were able to gain experience and valuable insight into working life over a week of activities, projects and presentations.
 
The students were given the opportunity to test some of the key skills they may need in their future careers; from honing their interview techniques to speed-networking sessions. They also learnt about the importance of communication, leadership and team working.
 
Throughout the week the students were given regular access to members of the Horizon team, taking part in a range of activities designed to help them better understand the realities of working life at Wylfa Newydd. This even included an explanation of how Horizon intends to build and operate its proposed nuclear power station in the coming years. The students also had the chance to visit the site, seeing the scale of the project for themselves and finding out about the opportunities Wylfa Newydd will bring.
 
At the end of each week students created and delivered presentations on the project to the Horizon team, examining a diverse range of topics from ‘why is nuclear clean?’ to ‘the importance of a mixed workforce’.
 
Horizon’s Executive Director of Operational Development, Gwen Parry-Jones, judged the entries and presented each student with a certificate at the end of the week.  She said: “It was great to introduce such a talented and hard-working group of young people to the Wylfa Newydd Project.
 
“Work Insight Week is all about gaining essential skills for working life and I was very impressed with their willingness to get involved and take the opportunity to learn as much as they could. We’ve already shown that the students who attend these sessions can go on to become Horizon apprentices when they leave school, so hopefully we’ll see some of them again.”
 
Jack Lander, who joined Horizon last September as an apprentice, said: “I took part in Work Insight Week in 2016 and it really brings Wylfa Newydd to life in an exciting way.
 
“It was great being on the other side of the table this year, sharing my experience with this year’s group of students and telling them what it’s been like to be part of this business as an apprentice.
 
“It’s such invaluable work experience and I would definitely encourage other students to get involved because, as I’ve shown, it can be the first step towards getting a job with Horizon.”
 
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.