Developing local skills vital for island economy

AM meets new eco-park apprentice

Orthios, the company behind the new Biomass Plant and Eco-Park at the old Anglesey Aluminium site at Holyhead have told Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth that they promise to work with local schools and training providers to maximise employment oportunities for the island workforce, and to ensure that future employees can develop the necessary skills to work at the plant

Having studied engineering at Coleg Menai, Dafydd Jones has just been taken on as an apprentice fitter. Speaking with Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth he said that he’s looking forward to being able to build a career at the new Eco-park.

Mr ap Iorwerth, who is Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Economy Minister, said:
“The future of the island’s economy depends on having the right skills to match job opportunities. We’ve suffered numerous economic blows on Anglesey during the last decade, but there are more positive signs now.

“It’s vital that new businesses tap into the existing talents in our workforce, whilst at the same time investing in developing new skills. Apprenticeships form a vital part of that, and Dafydd’s new role is a great example. Let’s hope he’s the first of many young apprentices at Orthios.

“The relationship between employers and the island’s schools and FE college is crucial, and the more is done to make our young people aware of what future employment paths are available locally, the better.

The AM said it was a pleasure to be invited to wish Dafydd Jones the best of luck on his new career path.