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State-of-the-art training to help jobseekers cash in on island's green energy boom A pounds 6M energy centre has been opened to ensure young people can take advantage of nuclear, wind and tidal power jobs heading to Anglesey.

The state-of-the-art facility at Coleg Menai's Llangefni campus houses some of the best low carbon energy technology, equipment and training facilities in the UK.

It is hoped the centre, which can support up to 600 students, will help ensure Anglesey is at the forefront of skills provision to support the growing energy sector.

At the launch yesterday First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was an integral part of Anglesey's drive to make itself an 'Energy island'.

Vital: Principal Dafydd Evans Mr Jones said: "Wales once led the world in carbon-based energy. Our goal now is to do the same for low carbon energy. This is a challenging but vital agenda. The Centre will ensure we have skilled and talented people ready to work in the hugely important energy sector in North West Wales and beyond."

Dafydd Evans, Coleg Menai principal, said: "This is crucial to our economy as the sector is expected to offer considerable growth potential both locally and nationally in years to come."

The Energy Centre will offer specialised courses for young people to train to work in the energy industry.

Sasha Wynn Davies, Anglesey Energy Island Programme director, said: "The Energy Centre demonstrates Coleg Menai''s real vision and commitment to maximising the opportunities arising from the existing Wylfa nuclear power station, proposed Horizon Nuclear Power station at Wylfa and wider Energy Island projects."

The Energy Centre will also house the most advanced welding and fabrication facilities in Wales, a business innovation department and conference amenities.

Jean Llewellyn, Chief Executive of the National Skills Academy Nuclear said it would play a key role in securing a pathway into the nuclear sector.

MP Albert Owen said: "This shows Energy Island is not just a concept, it is about creating jobs for local people."

AM Ieuan Wyn Jones said: "By offering training and apprenticeships locally we can maximise the opportunities for local people to be employed in these projects."


Vital: Principal Dafydd Evans First Minister Carwyn Jones said Coleg Menai's new Llangefni campus could help Wales dominate the green energy sector as it once did coal mining industry
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2011
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