North West Wales

Wylfa Newydd nuclear firm funds Anglesey engineering centre

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The company behind an £8bn nuclear power plant will pay £1m towards an engineering centre on Anglesey.

Horizon Nuclear Power, the firm behind Wylfa Newydd, will pay towards Grwp Llandrillo Menai's Llangefni building.

The Welsh Government pledged £5m to the centre in 2015.

Grwp Llandrillo Menai chief executive, Glyn Jones, said he wanted to "ensure that as many local people as possible gain the world class skills required to work at Wylfa Newydd".

Horizon will provide technical support to Coleg Menai, one of the colleges under Grwp Llandrillo Menai, and apprentices will move from the Bangor campus to Llangefni once the new centre is finished.

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Media captionHorizon chief executive Duncan Hawthorne said the centre would create a "workforce for the future"

The company has said the plant will employ 1,000 people once it begins working in the first half of the 2020s.

Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon's chief executive officer, said: "I'm delighted to announce this landmark funding provision to Grwp Llandrillo Menai.

"The construction of this state-of-the-art facility in Llangefni will be central to our training provision for local people, giving them the world class skills that we'll need."

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