orthios eco parks hires first apprentice

New engineering apprentice Dafydd Jones joined the expanding team at the Orthios Eco Park, Holyhead last week.

Dafydd, the youngest member of the team, has joined as an apprentice under the guidance of senior site engineering manager Stephen Mullen, who also started on the site as an apprentice at a similar age.

Stephen said: "It'll be a great opportunity for Dafydd, with a range of engineering challenges and training possibilities here on site.

"From the complexities of the biomass energy centre to the on-land fish farm, with its thousands of pumps and miles of pipes.

"It's actually a great opportunity for all of us to learn new skills. I'm as excited as he is!"

Dafydd - a former pupil of Holyhead High School - impressed the Orthios team with his enthusiasm and practical hands-on approach.

Group CEO Sean McCormick said: "He's a bright, engaging young man, who has great energy and a 'can do' attitude to life.

"Dafydd has held down a number of part-time jobs up to now, and has demonstrated a fantastic work ethic.

"I was particularly impressed with his own engineering efforts, refurbishing his car and demonstrating a practical and mature grasp of engineering problems.

"I'm sure he'll be a valued addition to our team."

Dafydd added: "I first approached Orthios over 18 months ago to see if they needed an engineering apprentice.

"I kept in touch with Sean and his team, and was delighted when they bought the site before Christmas.

"As promised, they offered me a job and I'm looking forward to working with Stephen and the team, and learning new skills.”

Dylan J Williams, Head of Economic & Community Regeneration at the Isle of Anglesey County Council, welcomed the news.

He said: “It's positive and reassuring that Orthios is employing young local people.

"The purpose and emphasis of the Energy Island Programme is to create quality employment opportunities, which local people can take advantage of.

"It's apt that a young person who attended Holyhead High School is to capitalise on the first Orthios apprenticeship opportunity – hopefully the first of many. We wish Dafydd well in his career.”

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