ICE Wales Cymru & Viridor meet with Julie James AM, at Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru and Viridor organised a site visit to the Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility, Ocean Way, Cardiff for Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, Welsh Government.

ICE Wales Director Keith Jones with Julie James, Chris Williams, David Rowlands, Yvonne Murphy, Tanya Reed and Marc Scourfield
ICE Wales Director Keith Jones with Julie James, Chris Williams, David Rowlands, Yvonne Murphy, Tanya Reed and Marc Scourfield

The Deputy Minister was joined by Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru and David Rowlands, Senior Vice, Chairman and a team from Viridor including Marc Scourfield, Trident Park Operations Manager, Chris Whittle, Viridor's Head of Training and Development and Viridor's Communications Manager.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru and Viridor organised a site visit to the Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility, Ocean Way, Cardiff for Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, Welsh Government.

The Deputy Minister was joined by Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru and David Rowlands, Senior Vice, Chairman and a team from Viridor including Marc Scourfield, Trident Park Operations Manager, Chris Whittle, Viridor's Head of Training and Development and Viridor's Communications Manager.

The Facility was formally opened in June by The First Minister and is now commissioned and operational. The Minister was able to see the process of waste arriving at the site, being treated and processed and generating energy.

As well as explaining how the Facility operates, Viridor shared with the Minister details of the organisation's Skills & Training programme which in 2014/15 included 20 full-time Apprenticeships, 41 Foundation Degree Management Delegates and 250 Sustainable Resource Management Apprenticeships.

Julie James, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology said:

"I am grateful to all at Viridor for the warm welcome. It was extremely interesting to observe the latest techniques for treating waste and generating energy.

"I was particularly interested to hear how Viridor is providing work-based learning opportunities such as skills and training programmes and apprenticeships to develop its workforce.

"We are fully committed to increasing similar opportunities across Wales. Apprenticeships and other vocational learning programmes are a practical and cost effective way to build a skilled workforce and address skills shortages."

David Rowlands Senior Vice Chairman of ICE Wales Cymru, said:

"It is vitally important these sustainable energy plants are introduced to improve national energy security and reduce over-reliance on imported fuels for electricity generation, particularly imported coal."

Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru, added:

"This is an excellent example of innovation and collaboration in action. I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to tour the plant with the Deputy Minister."

Chris Whittle, Head of Training & Skills, Viridor said:

"It was a pleasure to meet the Deputy Minister and share details of Viridor's Skills & Training programme that is investing in people, communities and skills, with the aim of enabling a more resource efficient and sustainable UK."

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Front row: (left) Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology, Welsh Government. (centre) Keith Jones FICE, Director, ICE Wales Cymru. (right) Chris Williams, Head of Training and Development, Viridor

Back row: (left) David Rowlands FICE Senior Vice Chairman, ICE Wales Cymru. (centre left) Yvonne Murphy MICE, GSNet Representative, ICE Wales Cymru. (centre right) Tanya Reed, Communications Manager, Viridor. (right) Marc Scourfield, Operations Manager, Viridor Trident Park.

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