Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern and Horizon Nuclear Power team up to deliver Business Class programme
Horizon Nuclear Power is encouraging young people in Anglesey to consider putting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at the heart of their career choices. Horizon, which is proposing to a new nuclear power station – Wylfa Newydd – on Anglesey, teamed up with local school Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern to support a science workshop in one of more than 80 partnerships that have been created as part of the Business Class programme in Wales.
Business Class is a Business in the Community (BITC) programme, delivered by Careers Wales and funded by the Welsh Government. Business Class is a tried and tested model that builds sustainable partnerships between business and schools in Wales. These partnerships are driven by the needs of schools and the priorities, resources and capacity of business.
Horizon Nuclear Power will create 850 high quality permanent jobs once Wylfa Newydd is complete and many thousands of supporting opportunities throughout construction and operation. To help create a future workforce – and highlight the opportunities that will be created – Horizon is investing in the local community through a partnership with Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern designed to encourage pupils into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. The company is looking to start recruiting its future staff at a young age and while the plant is in its construction phase to ensure there is a highly skilled workforce in place for when the station is up and running.
Horizon has supported Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern through a Work Insight Week, supplying physics classes lessons with interactive learning resources, hosting STEM family challenge events and sponsored a science roadshow at the school delivered by Bangor University.
The partnership is helping students to develop lifelong skills and knowledge that will support them through school and into the world of work and has also encouraged two former pupils to become part of the first intake of technical apprentices at Horizon.
Greg Evans, Operations Director at Horizon said: “We know that Wylfa Newydd’s future workers will mostly be at school, college or university at the moment and we want to create opportunities for them to play a part in our project at this early stage.
“The Business Class programme allows us to share our skills and expertise with the pupils at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern to equip them with the skills they will need to thrive in the workplace once they leave school, but also gives us the opportunity to create a bespoke workforce with the specialist skills we will need from our staff once the power station has been completed, so the partnership is benefits both ourselves and the pupils involved in the partnership.”
Graham Bowd, Careers Wales Chief Executive said: “Business Class brings industry and young people together in a practical way, as this excellent collaboration illustrates. We are looking forward to seeing how this partnership flourishes next year and beyond.
“Business Class provides invaluable lessons about the world of work outside of the normal school curriculum, showing students about the range of different opportunities there are after education. In this particular partnership, Horizon have been able to teach the students of Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern about the importance of STEM careers which will prove vital in equipping the next generation of Wales’ workforce.”
Matt Appleby, director of Business in the Community Cymru, added: “Partnerships and events with major Welsh employers such as Horizon is what Business Class is all about. It gives pupils the chance to interact with companies and ask questions about their future career opportunities.
“Encouraging companies to engage with young people not only demonstrates their commitment to their potential future staff but also helps equip students with lifelong skills such as teamwork, interview preparation and other practical knowledge for their future careers.”
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