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Skills training boost for North Wales' energy sector

One of the parties involved in the groundbreaking agreement is involved in training and skills at Wylfa Photo: ITV News Wales

A groundbreaking agreement paving the way for developing skills and jobs across North Wales' energy sector will be signed at Coleg Menai today.

The agreement aims to develop skills that are needed to support new investment in the energy sector, bringing with it the possibility of substantial job opportunities.

The "Skills for the Energy Industry in North Wales" Memorandum of Understanding, which will be implemented until 2015, has been agreed by Anglesey County Council and a number of leading Sector Skills Councils.

The partnerships have been developed as North Wales gears up for an ever-expanding energy sector.

It is always pleasing to see these partnerships being forged for the good of the people and businesses of Wales. The Welsh Government has committed to working in partnership to maximise the benefits of the Anglesey Energy Island Programme. Skills development is at the heart of that.

– Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert AM

This agreement is a milestone in the development of our plans to ensure local people are ready to secure rewarding jobs in a growing and exciting sector.

The support of the Sector Skills Councils, together with the excellent support we receive from Welsh Government, Bangor University, Coleg Menai and our other partners, means all the building blocks are now in place for us to move forward.

– Director of the Energy Island Programme, Dr John Idris Jones

Earlier this month the new Welsh Secretary restated the UK Government's continued commitment to the nuclear industry in North Wales.

With the existing Wylfa plant due to end production in 2014 David Jones said securing a new nuclear station on Anglesey was "critical" and that it "represents an extremely attractive investment opportunity".

Plans to build 'Wylfa B' hit a stumbling block back last March when the two companies behind the scheme, E.on and RWE npower, pulled out on commercial grounds.

It had been hoped that the power station would create 800 full-time jobs.