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Horizon’s training programmes recognised by top industry body

The quality of Horizon Nuclear Power’s training, learning and development programmes have been recognised by the NEF: The Innovation Institute and awarded Assured (Nuclear) status.

NEF, the only body to assure training in the UK nuclear industry, undertook a wide-ranging assessment of Horizon’s technical, educational and personal development courses. It found that Horizon is incorporating best practice techniques from the global industry, committed to continually improving its training learning and development offering and has well-structured mechanisms for ensuring training keeps pace with technology and industry trends.

The move comes as Horizon continues to grow its organisational capabilities alongside progressing its lead nuclear new build project, Wylfa Newydd. At present, Horizon has more than 320 employees and forecasts there will be up to 10,000 roles throughout the build programme and 850 once Wylfa Newydd, is operational in the first half of the 2020s.

Mark Salisbury, Operations Manager at Horizon, said: “We work hard to ensure our in-house training is the very best and so we’re delighted to be awarded Assured (Nuclear) status by NEF.

“It’s important for us to create an environment of continual training and development for our people. It means they not only have a firm knowledge base when they join us, but also ensures that they a constantly taking on board new information and learnings from the global nuclear community.”

NEF Chief Executive Professor Sa’ad Medhat added: “Horizon is a relatively new company, but it’s excellent to see that it has already forged a number of strong relationships with leading education providers. NEF assessors were impressed by Horizon’s exploration of a variety of different delivery methods - including auditory, visual and kinaesthetic experiences - to tailor its training and development to different learning styles.

“Horizon employees also demonstrated a strong commitment to keeping pace with developments in the global nuclear sector, ensuring that its technical, safety and compliance training remains at the forefront of international best practice. This is an exciting time for Horizon, and we will be watching the company’s expanding training operations with great interest”

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Notes to editors

The assessment found that Horizon:

1.Has well-structured mechanisms for ensuring training keeps pace with technology and industry trends,

2.Is incorporating best practice techniques from the global industry,

3.Has aligned training, learning and development with the company’s long-term business strategy,

4.Has forged strong partnerships with a number of universities and colleges,

5.Is developing a pipeline of apprentices and graduates into the industry,

6.Has a clear plan to develop a new generation of leaders for the sector,

7.Is committed to continually improving its training learning and development offering.

Horizon Nuclear Power:

•Horizon Nuclear Power was formed in 2009 to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK. The company was acquired by Hitachi Ltd of Japan in November 2012.

•Horizon’s development at Wylfa will represent a multibillion pound investment in North Wales and is expected to create up to 850 jobs during operation, as well as many thousand jobs in construction.

•Visit our website at: and follow us on Twitter @HorizonNuclear

NEF: The Innovation Institute:

•NEF Assured is a framework that assures an organisation’s approach to learning, training and talent development. NEF Assured (Nuclear), validates the strategy, engagement, design and delivery, innovation, and long term impact of a nuclear organisation’s investment in training, learning and development. The standard has been developed in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Nuclear.

•NEF: The Innovation Institute comprises the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE) and the New Engineering Foundation (NEF). Over the past 10 years, NEF has worked with more than 600 companies to drive productivity and improve performance. NEF has also helped more than 250 educational institutions develop vibrant and industry-relevant curricula. The Foundation’s professional development grants have positively impacted more than 600,000 learners in science, engineering and technology, and have influenced policy and decision makers through think-tanks and evidential research.

•NEF’s work is guided by the Innovation Council with members from:


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