Dounreay and Highlands and Islands Enterprise Working Together
4th July 2012
As the opportunities for renewable energy increase in the North of Scotland, the lead partner in the Dounreay site, Babcock, announces its continued support to bring jobs into the area.
The secondment of June Love, Dounreay, to support Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) activities in the sectors of Energy and Business Services demonstrates a real partnership working between the private and the public sectors.
This follows the successful secondment of Babcock's Simon Coles whose secondment finished in June 2012.
The secondment is to support HIE in its mission to bring new jobs to the area and to grow inward investment opportunities.
June will be working closely with local partners and other government agencies including Scottish Development International. She will also lead on the recently established Caithness Ambassadors programme. This programme enables business leaders to highlight the commercial opportunities that the area has to offer to their contacts. June will follow up with these leaders and is also looking to grow the number promoting the opportunities in Caithness.
The secondment is for a year and June hopes she will be able to capitalise and maximise on the work that Simon has done bringing some additional structure and momentum in the delivery of inward investment activities.
June has worked at Dounreay for over 30 years and manages the Community Relations Department as well as providing support to the site's socio-economic activities. She will be seconded 50 per cent of her time to HIE and is looking forward to the challenge. She said: "Simon has done a great job building up contacts and helping to attract business interest to the area. I'm looking forward to building on the good work that Simon has started and hopefully will help to make a difference in the longer term."
Roy Kirk, HIE Area Manager, added: "The secondment arrangement has proved valuable in supporting the inward investment activities for the area and we are delighted that Dounreay has agreed to second June to the HIE team to continue that support."
Roger Hardy, Dounreay's Managing Director said: "We are delighted to continue our support to HIE. We are committed to working in partnership with the local economic agencies and June brings great strengths to this task. She also has the ability to reach back into the site's Socio-Economic team as well as the parent bodies, such as Babcock team."
June works with a number of local organisations and has been involved with the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership since its inception in 2007.
The latest batch of Dounreay's newly qualified skilled workers were encouraged to make the most of the exciting opportunities and challenges ahead. This year Dounreay's new recruits are the sixtieth group of apprentices in a long line of young people joining the site's highly respected apprenticeship scheme since 1955.
A range of unusual devices have been designed and built by Dounreay's in-house design team over the years. Probing the depths of a former nuclear reactor with remotely controlled equipment isn't a simple process and requires some ingenious thinking.
A new programme to help communities and social enterprises to generate income by investing in commercially owned renewable energy developments has been launched this week, as part of Community Energy Fortnight. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has introduced the programme to deliver one to one support, tailored development workshops and specialist support to raise awareness of, and accelerate, the completion of investment opportunities.
Innovative businesses from across Scotland looking to explore the commercial potential of an idea before bringing it to market are being urged to consider the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Pathfinder is free and open to existing and start-up companies in the life science, technology and digital health sectors.
New locations announced as three million UK superfast broadband milestone is reached. More than 10,000 homes and businesses in Caithness can now access next generation fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) roll-out.
Opportunity, quality of life and strong community links have been cited as some of the positive reason young people are choosing to stay in the Highlands and Islands. This is according to a new report on the recent Young people and the Highlands and Islands: Attitudes and aspirations study commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
DSRL have announced the new managing director designate, Phil Craig. With more than 20 years' experience in the nuclear industry, Phil’s career has focused on supporting the UK nuclear decommissioning, defence and existing power generation sectors.
Twelve students successfully completed the Ready Steady Work course held in early July. The four day course sponsored by DSRL and North Highland College was offered to all senior secondary schools in Wick, Thurso and Farr.
A series of key appointments have been made to Wave Energy Scotland (WES) as the new research and development organisation sets up an Advisory Group. WES received over fifty applications from interested parties keen to be involved in the group.
Digital connectivity is changing forever on the Outer Hebrides with the announcement today (Tuesday 7 July) that high-speed fibre broadband is live in Stornoway. Around 3,600 premises in Stornoway will be the first to have access to the new services thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.
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