calling the next generation of nuclear workers

The next generation of nuclear workers are being invited to start their career journeys, as Horizon Nuclear Power takes on its first apprentices and launches its 2016 graduate programme.

Both initiatives launch at the end of February, and represent the start of Horizon’s long-term vision for recruiting driven, talented people to work on the Wylfa Newydd project.

The company is inviting applications for five graduate places and up to 12 apprenticeships, with the successful candidates starting their new careers in just over six months' time.

As the company grows, many more job opportunities at all levels will emerge from the development, construction and operational needs of Wylfa Newydd.

Greg Evans, operations director for Horizon, said: “We need talented people to join the nuclear industry and be part of Wylfa Newydd.

This is the start of that journey and these are rewarding jobs for people with the right motivation and skills.

Wylfa Newydd’s future workers will mostly be at school, college or university right now, and we want to give young people - and those wanting to re-train - the chance to play a part in one of Europe’s largest energy projects.”

Launched in partnership with Coleg Menai, Horizon’s Technical Apprenticeship Scheme is open for applications from Monday, February 22 with the first intake starting in September.

There’s no age-limit on who can apply, and applications are invited from candidates looking to re-train, as well as from young people wanting to start a rewarding career, right on their doorstep.

Future apprentices can apply online via the Horizon website and successful candidates will be awarded a place on a three-year scheme.

The first year will see them studying in both Bangor and Llangefni to build Level 1 and 2 qualifications, while also learning the basic training, skills and knowledge that will prepare them for their second year.

Year two will involve study towards a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) and a BTEC Level 2.

From year three onwards, candidates will move on to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma and NVQ Level 3 in a chosen engineering discipline. By then, the apprentices will also be undertaking extensive on-the-job learning with some training at Coleg Menai campuses and at other nuclear sites.

The 2016 Graduate Development Programme opens to applications on Monday, February 29 and this year will see Horizon target students with the right skills and qualifications to join its engineering and operations teams.

This year’s roles will best suit students completing degree courses in electrical, C&I, mechanical, civil and nuclear engineering and also those studying physics, chemistry and environmental courses. Future years may see this focus shift to other areas.

As well as placing graduate job advertisements in newspapers across North Wales, Horizon will be discussing the scheme with leading universities across the UK. Potential candidates can apply direct, via the Horizon website.

More information and application details for both schemes can be found on the homepage of the Horizon website.

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