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North Wales’ brightest minds head east for trip of a lifetime


Horizon Nuclear Power’s current crop of apprentices have touched down in Japan recently as they begin an eye-opening experience in the country.

Their 11 apprentices who all hail from the Isle of Anglesey will visit a number of sites in the country, including Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd from Japan’s long history in the civil nuclear business.

Employed by Horizon since September 2017 the apprentices are nearing the end of their first year of their scheme that will by the end of their journey award them with a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with basic skills, knowledge and an introduction to the Nuclear industry.

Whilst in Japan, they will visit Shimane ABWR nuclear power station, Kaigan and Rinkai – two of the five factories in Hitachi Works – with a tour the nuclear equipment-manufacturing department. Also scheduled is a meeting with students at the Hitachi Senior Technical High School, which includes a tour of the welding, mechanical and electrical class and a lesson in kendo (Japanese fencing).

 “We’re proud to be able to offer such a valuable trip to our apprentices” said director of operations for Horizon, Gwen Parry-Jones.

“We firmly believe the hands-on experience they will have at Hitachi Works will help them develop into the first-rate engineers they are set to become.

“Our apprenticeship scheme is at the core of our values, we aim to offer young people a route into engineering that will educate and inspire them.”

Tadashi Kume, President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE said that “We are pleased once again to host Horizon’s apprentices and hope they have a memorable experience whilst in Japan.

“Their visit will help contextualise the environment they will one day work in and offer them an opportunity to meet their Hitachi peers, all the while experiencing different surroundings and culture.”

In partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo, 2018 is the third consecutive year of Horizon’s apprenticeship scheme that sees an annual intake of up to 12 male and female apprentices.

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