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Anglesey Council Leader Welcomes First Wylfa Newydd Apprentices

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Anglesey’s Council Leader has wished Wylfa Newydd’s first new apprentices well as they prepare to embark on an amazing career journey.

Horizon Nuclear Power’s first cohort of 10 apprentices, all selected from Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy, recently visited the Wylfa Newydd site to find out for themselves about the exciting three-year apprenticeship training programme which they begin in September.

New Apprentices with Greg Evans-2Council Leader and Major Projects portfolio holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams, said,

“These young people are about to embark on a fantastic career journey and we wish them the very best over the coming years.  They are an important part of the Energy Island Programme’s vision of transforming Anglesey’s economy through creating long-term meaningful work for local people.  Giving our young people the choice of staying here to work and live is vital to strengthening our communities, to boosting the Welsh language as well as creating wider economic growth and prosperity.  I hope that these apprentices are the first of many and their selection gives other young people an indication of the great employment opportunities that Wylfa Newydd and other Energy Island-related projects will bring. It’s a positive sign of things to come in terms of the Island’s economy.”

After being shown around the newly extended site office at Wylfa Newydd, the group was introduced to Coleg Menai’s recently developed Horizon Apprentice Centre based on Coleg Menai’s Bangor campus where they will also receive their training.

Dylan J Williams, Head of Regulation and Economic Development at Isle of Anglesey County Council added,

“It’s excellent to see that Horizon have taken on 10 young people from Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy to become their first apprentices for Wylfa Newydd and we look forward to watching these young people’s careers take off over the years ahead.  This is another example of how our Energy Island vision is, piece by piece, becoming a reality and we welcome this news wholeheartedly.

This first cohort of local apprentices symbolises the start of a new era for Anglesey, an era where lasting, meaningful work opportunities exist for local people.  We are confident that this marks the first of many such opportunities to come in the nuclear and other low carbon energy sectors and would encourage our young people and their parents to start thinking now about their skillsets so that they are poised to take advantage of these upcoming opportunities.”

For more information on Energy Island projects please follow the link: anglesey.gov.uk/angleseyenergyisland