A support package has been launched to help North Wales businesses prepare for opportunities created by the proposed Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey.
The Business Readiness Programme will run until the end of March 2017, and will help firms prepare for the supply chain opportunities that Horizon Nuclear Power’s facility is expected to generate for the region.
Developed in partnership by the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Energy Island Programme (IACC), Welsh Government and Horizon Nuclear Power, the programme will help local companies develop the skill-sets they'll need to key into the nuclear industry’s supply chain.
The work is being jointly funded by Welsh Government and Horizon, and fully supported by IACC officers. The project team also includes the North Wales Economic Ambition Board and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
The programme will deliver several training sessions across North Wales over the months ahead - targeted specifically at companies that supply precision engineering, equipment manufacturing and fabrication and maintenance services.
The training will include knowledge of 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 boost 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.”
The programme has five activities which will each run twice from October 2016 –March 2017 at venues across North Wales. These are:
• Introduction to Nuclear Manufacturing
• Bite size Triple Bar for Nuclear Manufacturing
• Estimating for Winning Nuclear Contracts
• Exploring Nuclear Safety Culture with Horizon Nuclear Power
Further details on the Business Readiness Programme sessions can be accessed by contacting Cheryl Whitaker, Nuclear Business Development Manager, Welsh Government on 03000 625418 or 07769 883238.