You may remember back when we covered the news of the Wylfa Newydd power station going ahead and now we have more exciting news regarding it to bring to you.
Coleg Menai, one of many fantastic colleges around North Wales, is set to see expansion in the form of a new specialist technology and energy centre which will be backed up by an all new engineering site. It’s believed that these are being built to integrate with the new nuclear plant by supplying the know-how to prospective workers at Wylfa Newydd.
It’s estimated that 8500 workers will be required during the construction of the new stations and a further 1000 staff will be needed once it’s standing for its day-to-day operations. Over the course of 15 years, it’s hoped that a further 2500 new jobs will be created by the scheme and that it will be worth a total of £2.3bn to the local economy over 15 years.
The group behind the project, Horizon, have been working to provide as many jobs for locals as possible who themselves were slightly dubious about having a nuclear plant on the island. It is set to replace the existing station on the Isle of Anglesey with the build likely to be finished within the timescale initially set out.
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The current college system in the north is the most sophisticated and successful throughout the whole of Wales and is likely to only benefit further from this most recent of advancements.
“We already have engineering and construction courses in Rhos-on-Sea, Rhyl, Dolgellau, Bangor and Llangefni – but we need to expand Llangefni,” said Glyn Jones, Group chief executive.
“This is going to be a massive project – the equivalent of the London 2012 Olympic village – and this could cause a big displacement from across local employers.”