Horizon Apprentices arrive in Japan for Work Experience
Published: Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:11
Horizon Nuclear Power's first cohort of 10 local apprentices have arrived in Tokyo ready for two weeks' work experience and training in Japan
Gloucester, 13th June, 2017 - Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE), a joint venture of Hitachi, Ltd. and GE, who will provide the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (UK ABWR) technology for Wylfa Newydd, a new nuclear power station on Anglesey, is hosting the apprentices, who will receive an introduction to the training, skills and practices of their Hitachi-GE counterparts in Japan.
The apprentices, employed by Horizon since September 2016, are nearing completion of their first year of the three-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations, along with a basic skills and knowledge introduction to the Nuclear Industry.
Whilst in Japan, they will visit Shimane ABWR nuclear power station, and Kaigan and Rinkai – two of the five factories in Hitachi Works – as well as Hitachi's HQ in Tokyo. Also scheduled is a meeting with students at the Hitachi Senior Technical High School.
Greg Evans, Operations Director for Horizon, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our apprentices – the training offered by Hitachi-GE will be invaluable, and we are grateful for the opportunity to visit some of the key areas within Hitachi Works.
"The apprentices will be able to meet their Japanese peers and counterparts and learn a little bit more about what their working day and roles entail. There will be many opportunities to share best practice and Hitachi's detailed experience of the ABWR, which they will find useful as they set out on their careers in the industry.
"This will also be a great opportunity for the Horizon apprentices to experience and enjoy the Japanese culture and, as fantastic young Welsh ambassadors, share their culture in return. It's definitely a character building experience for all.
I am sure it will be an eye opening experience and the knowledge exchange, technically and culturally, will certainly be worthwhile."
President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE, Tadashi Kume said: "It will be a pleasure to host the UK students during their time in Japan and we are very much looking forward to meeting them.
"I hope the experience will equip them well for future opportunities on the Wylfa Newydd project and allow them to expand their understanding of Hitachi's practices and approaches. This is another great example of Japan and North Wales working closely together and we value spending time with the newer members of the team."
Horizon's recruitment for the second intake of technical apprentices has recently completed, and a further 12 apprentices will commence their studies in September, bringing Horizon's total of apprentices to 22.
In addition, representatives from the Welsh Government are taking part in the visit to build on existing links with Japan and Hitachi and learn more about how Horizon are developing their apprentices with a view to bringing back best practice to Wales.
Hitachi-GE, Imperial and Bangor University developing UK and Welsh BWR expertise
Published: Monday, 31 October 2016 14:21
London, 31 October 2016 – Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Imperial College London and Bangor University, enhancing its commitment to support Welsh and British expertise.
Hitachi-GE will provide industry advice to Imperial and Bangor's newly formed "Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Research Hub and Network", drawing on its extensive BWR experience to provide technical expertise and support. This will include part-time deployment of a researcher to Bangor, and building on the existing programme of Japanese internships for UK students.
Today's announcement was made on the back of a successful technical conference hosted by the two Universities in Bangor last week. Hitachi-GE is already supporting nuclear development in North Wales, providing the UK ABWR reactor to Horizon Nuclear Power for Wylfa Newydd, under contract to delivery team Menter Newydd.
President and Representative Director of Hitachi-GE, Hidetoshi Takehara, said: "This is about helping create a deeper and broader pool of BWR expertise here in Wales and across the UK, supporting the engineers and industry of the future. This hub provides focus and coordination to BWR research, ensuring that Wales and the UK develop real expertise in BWR technology for now, and for the future.
He went on: "With development of the UKs first BWR proposed just up the road at Wylfa Newydd, this scheme helps ensure that project is a springboard to the UK becoming a world-power in its domestic expertise on BWR technology.
Dr Michael Bluck, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial, said: "Imperial is proud to be working with Hitachi-GE and Bangor University to establish greater Boiling Water Reactor expertise in the UK. This scheme which will examine research needs and formulate projects to support the continued production of low carbon, baseload electricity for the UK and many other countries for decades to come.
Dr Bluck added: "The BWR Research Hub and Network will bring together the UK research base with Hitachi Nuclear researchers to help develop future generations of Boiling Water Reactor technology here in the UK and Wales.
Prof John Hughes, Vice Chancellor, of Bangor University, said: "We are delighted to partner with Imperial College, London with expert input from Hitachi-GE in this important development for the UK energy sector. This collaboration will enable Bangor University to help to build new academic and research capacity here in North Wales to create nuclear expertise in a new generation of scientists and engineers in the field of BWR technology.
He went on: "We were particularly pleased to see the inaugural conference of the BWR Research Network take place in Bangor last week, following previous meetings in recent months which we have hosted here between industry and academia on this important topic. Bangor University will continue to ensure that the benefits from the proposed investment in new nuclear facilities utilising this technology at Wylfa Newydd will be maximised both in North Wales and within the wider UK."
UK Students’ Opportunity in Japan
Published: Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:46
London, October 2016 – With a new semester looming, many students will be leaving for University, whilst five UK students are returning having finished a three month internship in Japan.
During the summer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) employed five British students, who worked alongside teams in Hitachi city, Japan. The chosen students were from Bangor University, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Imperial College London and Manchester
One of the students who greatly benefited from the opportunity was Ilan Davies, who recently finished his electronic engineering degree in Bangor University and will now commence a Masters Degree, also in electronic engineering. Ilan said of his experience, "I was very impressed with everything I saw. My Japanese colleagues were incredibly hard working and they made sure we felt welcome during our time in Japan.
"Whilst there, I mostly researched and tested components in relation to thermo hydraulics and helped with the UK specific requirements. I was very lucky in that I got to visit the Rinkai factory, where they manufacture products such as steam separators and heat exchangers, as well as Shimane Nuclear Power Plant– an ABWR nuclear power plant under construction. It was fascinating to see the components before they are put into use. I learnt some Japanese kanji and enjoyed making new friends."
Hidetoshi Takehara, President of Hitachi-GE said: "It was a pleasure to host the UK students. The team enjoyed working alongside them and the cultural exchange was interesting for my colleagues. I hope they all had an enjoyable experience and wish them the very best in the future."
UK Students’ Opportunity in Japan
Published: Wednesday, 25 May 2016 11:18
London, May 25, 2016 – This summer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) will be employing five British students, who will work alongside teams in Hitachi city, Japan, during a three month internship.
For the second year running, UK students will experience working in Japan as part of the nuclear development project, visiting existing nuclear sites and experiencing the Japanese culture.
Hitachi-GE is the reactor technology provider for Horizon Nuclear Power, deploying UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (UK ABWR) at Wylfa Newydd in Anglesey, North Wales and at Oldbury-on-Severn, South Gloucestershire.
The students were selected from universities in Bangor (North Wales), Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Imperial College London and Manchester, who have all collaborated with Hitachi-GE previously.
Ilan Davies, a third year electronic engineering student from Bangor University who was offered an internship said, “I’m both excited and nervous about living in Japan for three months. I’m hoping to achieve as much as I can whilst out there and grab all opportunities with both hands. I applied for the internship to expand my knowledge and experience within the nuclear industry. When I return to the UK, I will have an additional year in university to complete and will hopefully graduate from my course with a Masters in Electronic Engineering.”
Hidetoshi Takehara, President of Hitachi-GE said: “Collaboration with UK universities is essential in developing new nuclear build and regular ABWR seminars have been held at these universities to enhance UK understanding of the technology. Equally, a joint research programme has been developed, looking at waste management, water chemistry and monitoring systems.”