biomass apprentice is ready for action

Orthios North Wales

Busnes@LlandrilloMenai and the Orthios Group are proving that opportunities do exist for talented young people to get into quality engineering roles.

Dafydd Morris Jones is an apprentice mechanical engineer with the Orthios Group, which is based at the old Anglesey Aluminium site in Holyhead.

Orthios has ambitious plans to open an eco park and energy centre which will house a biomass power plant, an on-land prawn-growing aquaculture facility, and a hydroponic indoor vegetable-growing facility.

The energy centre will form the core around which each of the Orthios Eco Park businesses will operate. There will be five independent 60 MWe power modules, which will gasify approximately 1.5 million metric tonnes of biomass per year.

It is expected that the park will be able to provide 650 thousand homes with electricity by 2020. The excess heat and CO2 will be recycled into the eco park to be reused for enhancing the cultivation of fish and vegetables.

In September, Dafydd will start his day-release course - a BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering - with Coleg Menai in Bangor. He will also be working on an NVQ over the summer as part of his apprenticeship framework. He will be supported in his studies by a work-placement officer, who will visit him in the workplace.

in-depth training

Wendy Williams, HR manager at Orthios, commented: “In partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, we look forward to delivering a pathway to provide young people with an opportunity to gain in-depth and rounded training.

"We aim to do this by providing individuals with practical skills, knowledge and the competence to make a valuable contribution to the organisation and fulfil future job opportunities.”

Lesley Thomas, assistant principal at Grŵp Employer Engagement added: “We are pleased to be working with Orthios to provide this excellent apprenticeship opportunity.

"We look forward to further developing our partnership and increasing the number of apprenticeships for our local young people.”


Busnes@LlandrilloMenai is the name for the employer-facing service of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. It provides a one-stop-shop for employers' training and development needs.

Apprenticeships are just one of the services offered. Others include short courses, professional and part-time courses and specialist services, as well as delivering projects such as Jobs Growth Wales and the new SEE training project.

To find out if Busnes@LlandrilloMenai can help your business, contact 08445 460 460 or

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