§ Mr. G. Roberts
asked the Minister of Education what courses, suitable to school-leavers who wish to qualify for work in the nuclear energy generation industry in north-west Wales, have been instituted at the technical colleges in Bangor and Wrexham; what are the types and duration of these courses; and how many students have enrolled.
§ Sir E. Boyle
A Higher National Diploma Course in Electrical Engineering, which includes nuclear physics in its 99W syllabus, is offered at the Wrexham Technical College. Nine students have enrolled for the course in the current session.
In addition, a wide range of building and engineering courses, both part-time and full-time, suitable for school leavers who might wish to take jobs relating to the construction and operation of nuclear generating stations are available at both the Bangor and Wrexham Colleges. These courses normally extend over two or three years. The number of students currently pursuing these courses is approximately 1,500, but it is not possible to say how many of these are likely to enter the nuclear energy generating industry.
A part-time Ordinary National Certificate course in Applied Physics was offered at Wrexham but failed due to lack of support.