£2.3 million investment to train Wylfa Newydd workers


Tomos Hughes

A FURTHER £2.3 million is to be invested to train workers for the proposed Wylfa Newydd plant.

Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates announced in a meeting with Gr?p Llandrillo Menai leaders that the money will be invested into the Coleg Menai campus in Llangefni to train the pool of skilled labour which will be required for the planned nuclear plant.

The college, which is seen as a central point to the Energy Island supply chain, is set to be the hub for programmes for a huge range of engineering, construction and support activities.

The Deputy Minister said: “I’m delighted to announce this additional £2.3million of funding from the Welsh Government to support the Energy Island Programme.This is fantastic news for Anglesey and the surrounding region.

“A project as ambitious and wide-ranging as this will require a highly skilled workforce with the experience, knowledge and expertise to meet the demands of the energy industry, particularly when it comes to both the construction and operation of Wylfa Newydd.

“I’m also particularly pleased that, thanks to this funding, apprentices will be at the forefront of Energy Island’s development.”

The investment will be a major boost for apprenticeships, with initiatives aimed at giving students work placements to give the experience of the industry.

Teaching staff at the college will also require some re-training, to ensure they can deliver the necessary training to students.

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive of Gr?p Llandrillo Menai, said: “I welcome this announcement very warmly indeed.

“This will provide a huge boost to our capacity to offer the very best in vocational training and education, including training in some highly specialised fields.

“The work on delivery of our ambitions begins now.”

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