Island Business NNB Opportunities
by J Roberts
Significant opportunities await small and medium enterprises (SME) on Anglesey with nuclear new build at Wylfa B on the horizon.
A special presentation entitled "Positioning your business for Nuclear New Build" or NNB is being held during the Business Week on the North Wales Energy Island
Bringing together the Welsh Government, Anglesey Energy Island programme, the Nuclear Industry Association(NIA) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the event is geared to providing local SME's with more information about the NNB.
By giving local business clear examples of what the new nuclear build process at Wylfa is looking for, the Anglesey Energy Island programme will help SME's make a focused preparation for the opportunities to come.
The event will be held on Friday, 23 September at Coleg Menai's Construction Skills Centre in Llangefni, starting at 0830.
Meanwhile, in parallel with efforts to match the readiness of small business with nuclear new build opportunities, a major drive is going ahead to raise skills levels for up to 5,000 people across North Wales.
Delivered by a partnership of Further Education colleges across North Wales, the skills scheme, aptly named Y Dyfodol (The Future), will focus on workers and businesses looking to update skills.
Included in the fully accredited programmes will be an analysis of training needs, then followed by targeted development for company staff.
These measures should be a real boost to the supply side and give confidence to prospective investors that the region has a workforce equipped with the latest, relevant transferable and technical skills.
Funding for this initiative is in excess of £7 million and more information is available from the lead-provider at the Business Solutions Centre, Coleg Llandrillo. Photo courtesy of Tomas B., Poland
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