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Energy bosses outline job opportunities for £12bn project at university forum


30 November 2015


Job opportunities within Anglesey’s £12billion Energy Island Programme were outlined when leading employers from the energy industry visited Glyndŵr University.

The university’s Careers team, working closely with the National Skills Academy (Nuclear) organised a Careers in the Energy Sector event for students at the Wrexham institution.

The programme featured keynote talks from Horizon Nuclear Power, the company responsible for building a new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd, Anglesey.

Additionally The National Grid, SP Energy Networks, Fre-energy and were also represented, along with The Nucleargraduates, a scheme which provides graduates with vitalwork experience in roles across the sector.

Professor Graham Upton (pictured), Glyndŵr University's Interim Vice-Chancellor, said: “The origins of this university lie within the coal industry so for us to be closely involved with careers in energy is very much a continuation of that.

“The nuclear power industry is going to be huge across the country and there will be some fantastic opportunities within it for current and future students.

“One of the key strengths of Glyndŵr University is its track record of getting students into graduate-level jobs when they leave. This event is key in helping them to connect with key people from the energy industry and find out exactly what skills they’re looking for.”

Mark Tippett, learning and development manager at Horizon Nuclear Power, said: “Wylfa is a 100-year project and there are a lot of different things that need to be done. We are still 10 years away from first operation but our recruitment process has already started. We want to recruit from North Wales area and we want people to do their training here so there are lots of opportunities.

“As for the nuclear industry itself, it’s a small industry but an international one, relatively well paid, and more strikingly it’s an opportunity to be involved in an industry which is of real value to the nation.”

Gary Evans, SP Energy Networks district manager for the Dee Valley and Mid Wales area, said: “We are a local company and exciting opportunities exist within SP Energy Networks.

“It’s very important for us to recruit locally. We need engineers who live locally because that’s where we will get maximum benefit for us and our customers.”

Iwan Thomas, regional skills and employment coordinator at the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, said the energy sector was one of a number of industries set to experience growth in North Wales over the next decade.

He said: “For us here in North Wales it really is an exciting time in terms of jobs within a whole range of sectors. Over the next 10 years we’re predicting the creation of 40,000 new jobs in the region and many of these will be in the energy industry.”

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