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HORIZON NEWS - 10.04.2019

Horizon apprentices set to continue engineering courses

Horizon Nuclear Power has confirmed that all 33 of its technical apprentices will be able to continue their apprenticeship courses having secured training opportunities with other leading energy and engineering companies.
Since the suspension of the Wylfa Newydd Project in January 2019, Horizon has been working to secure the future of its 33 apprentices so they can complete their studies and finish their apprenticeship programmes.  
 
The majority will now continue their training with EDF Energy, now working towards an EDF Degree Apprenticeship or a Level 3 Engineering and Maintenance Apprenticeship.  At EDF they’ll gain valuable industry experience working on Hinkley Point C and remain in the nuclear sector.
 
Those not joining EDF but keen to stay in the energy sector will continue their training at Coleg Menai’s recently opened, world-class Canolfan STeM centre and carry out work experience at Doosan Babcock, which has maintenance contracts with EDF. One apprentice has also chosen to join FirstHydro and will work at Dinorwig hydroelectric plant.
 
For several apprentices, aerospace engineering was their chosen direction and they will now join Babcock International. This scheme will see them stay in North Wales, where they’ll have the chance to work with Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley.
 
Sasha Davies, Head of Stakeholder Engagement (Wales) at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “It was important to us that we found our fantastic apprentices’ opportunities to continue their studies in similar roles. While we’re suspending the Wylfa Newydd Project for now, making sure our apprentices can continue their career development was essential in delivering on our commitment to support local engineers of the future and we’re delighted all 33 have now found new schemes.
“We’re certain they’ll flourish as young engineers and their dedication and commitment has long impressed the Horizon team. We wish them all the very best for the future and continue to hope that one day they’ll form part of a future workforce here at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey.”
 
In January 2019, following a decision by its parent company, Hitachi, Ltd., based on its commercial considerations as a private sector investor, Horizon announced that it was suspending its nuclear development programme. Horizon subsequently moved to stop the vast majority of its development activities, including at Wylfa Newydd. Horizon continues to engage closely with the UK Government over a revised and funding model for new nuclear and has taken steps to keep the option to resume development in the future.
 
Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.
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For more information contact:
 
Ben Russell – 07580 948106 or ben.russell@horizonnuclearpower.com.
 
Notes to editors:
 
  • Horizon was established in 2009 following the UK Government’s announcement that new nuclear energy would be a core element of the future electricity mix. The company was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. in late 2012.
 
  • Horizon owns two of the eight sites designated in the UK for new build in the National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation and up until January 2019 it was actively developing its lead site, Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey, North Wales. Horizon had planned to provide at least 5,700MW of new power station capacity to the UK – enough to power some 11 million homes – across the two sites, with Oldbury in South Gloucestershire following on from Wylfa Newydd. The sites would have each seen the deployment of two Hitachi-GE UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (UK ABWRs), each generating around 1,430MW.
 
  • Following the decision to suspend its activities, Horizon has moved to cease almost all its development activities and, unfortunately, undertake a large-scale redundancy programme, reducing the c.370 strong workforce to a very small number of staff. The focus of those Horizon staff remaining will be to keep the sites in a developable state, continue to liaise with our host communities and stakeholders, and engage closely with the UK Government on a revised or alternative funding model.