A Business Readiness Programme designed to help businesses in North Wales prepare for the opportunities offered by Horizon Nuclear Power’s Wylfa Newydd nuclear new build has just been launched and will run until the end of March 2017.
Developed in partnership between the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme (IACC), Welsh Government and Horizon Nuclear Power – and jointly funded by the latter two and fully supported by IACC officers – the Business Readiness Programme is aimed at helping local companies develop the specialised skillsets they will need in order to key into the nuclear industry’s supply chain. The partnership project team also comprises the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and all parties will help to drive and deliver the Programme.
The Programme comprises several training sessions which will take place across the North Wales region over the months ahead and will be targeted specifically at companies in North Wales that supply precision engineering, equipment manufacturing and fabrication & maintenance services.
Key areas covered by the training include providing knowledge on: manufacturing in a nuclear context; the quality standards and competencies expected; how to get ready to tender and compete effectively for nuclear manufacturing contracts; nuclear safety culture; supply chain collaborative working and more.
Welcoming the Programme’s launch, Isle of Anglesey County Council Leader and Energy Island Portfolio Holder, Councillor Ieuan Williams said:
“The proposed Wylfa Newydd Project presents a wide range of transformational supply chain opportunities for businesses on Anglesey and beyond. We’re committed to ensuring local companies are given every chance to compete for a share of the work that Wylfa Newydd will provide. It is vital for our region’s economy that businesses are ready to capitalise upon this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and can access the specialist nuclear sector. The Business Readiness Programme has been designed to achieve exactly that. It is another example of how collaborative Partnership co-working to support local businesses is helping us deliver Energy Island’s potential.’
Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates said:
‘Wylfa Newydd represents a once in a generation investment that can be a catalyst for the delivery of far reaching prosperity benefits. I am therefore very pleased that a programme has been developed to enable more companies from across North Wales to access relevant information and become better informed about the opportunities available in the nuclear supply chain.
“I would urge companies that have an interest in the sector and are yet to engage to get in touch with the project team through the Business Wales website to find out how they might benefit from the investment which is a hugely important project for the North Wales economy.’
Sasha Davies, Head of Strategic Development Wales, Horizon Nuclear Power, said:
“We are pleased to be part of this collaborative initiative. We want to encourage business to attend and consider how they might become part of the Wylfa Newydd project supply chain during the construction, operation and maintenance of the station, plus explore additional opportunities in the international nuclear sector to grow high quality, long term jobs and boosting the region’s economy.
“If your company has yet to find out what the nuclear sector has to offer get in touch today; this free training could be your first step towards future opportunities.”
Further details on the Business Readiness Programme sessions can be accessed via Business Wales’s website https://wales.business-events.org.uk or by contacting Cheryl Whitaker, Nuclear Business Development Manager, Welsh Government on 03000 625418 or 07769 883238.