Graduates Start At Dounreay
10th August 2016
Ten new graduates started their careers at Dounreay this week as the company's graduate development programme entered its second year.
Applications to the scheme soared after the success of last year's first ever graduate intake, with more than 200 applications received. Candidates were put through their paces at a two-day assessment centre before the successful few were chosen.
The new starters will follow a comprehensive induction process and get an opportunity to meet with senior managers before beginning work in their new roles.
Phil Craig, Dounreay's Managing Director, said: "Graduates have a critical part to play in decommissioning Dounreay. Our new recruits are enthusiastic and bring a new set of skills to help us progress towards the site’s interim end state. It is also good news for our local area and I am now looking forward to welcoming a further ten apprentices later in the year."
One of the new graduates, Michael Tait, grew up in nearby Barrock and studied Chemical Engineering at Heriot- Watt University. He said: "I am delighted to be one of the ten people joining the team this year and I look forward to gaining first-hand engineering experience on one of Europe’s toughest decommissioning projects. Dounreay is a major employer in our area, so I know this is a great starting point to build my career."
Once the United Kingdom’s centre of fast reactor research and development, Dounreay is on an ambitious journey to be recognised as the European reference site for nuclear decommissioning. The skilled workforce is delivering a varied programme incorporating construction, demolition and waste management projects. Its mission is to return the site to as near as practicable its original condition.
Dounreay Site Restoration Limited has submitted a planning application to the Highland Council covering a series of decommissioning projects expected to take place between 2018 and the site's shut down, also known as the interim end state. The application, which is the last of three planning phases covering the overall decommissioning of the site, follows engagement undertaken earlier this year including public events and an opportunity to comment on draft documents online.
Drone technology is helping Dounreay reduce the risk of accidents and save money on its inspection of buildings. A camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle is taking over tasks previously carried out by workers on elevated work platforms.
Work is underway to retrieve the last remaining radioactive fuel elements that have been stuck for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR). The experimental dome-shaped nuclear reactor once led the world in fast breeder technology and after it closed in 1977 most of the core fuel was removed.
Eleven young people who have completed their Dounreay apprentice training are "very much a part of the future of the far north." Guest speaker Jamie Stone MP told the audience at the apprentice indenture ceremony that took place last Friday that, as Dounreay continues to decommission, the newly indentured apprentices would be an important part of the area's ability to offer a skilled and innovative workforce. Dounreay Managing Director and former nuclear industry apprentice Phil Craig added: “I am very proud that we are celebrating yet another group of talented apprentices.
Companies are being invited to LINC together and support Scotland's largest decommissioning project thanks to an innovative new scheme designed to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) delivering clean-up work at Dounreay. Up to five companies will be invited to help understand and develop the best proposal for size-reducing all of the machinery and components that will need to be removed from Dounreay's Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) - the largest to be built at the Caithness site.
Graduates from as far afield as Portugal and London arrived in Caithness last week to kick start their career at Dounreay. Ten new recruits have started on the two-year graduate scheme with educational backgrounds as diverse as engineering, law and digital forensics and ethical hacking.
It is 60 years this weekend since the first criticality was achieved in Scotland using a test rig at Dounreay. Now the decommissioning team responsible for the site is marking that milestone by taking a major step towards demolishing the oldest reactor that remains at the former fast reactor research centre.
This film, produced by AEA Technology in 1994, looks back on the history of the fast reactor development programme at Dounreay..
Progress across Dounreay's decommissioning programme is being showcased in a new film and brochure highlighting the team's successes during 2016-17. Some of the highest hazards that remained in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate, including liquid metal coolant from the Dounreay Fast Reactor, were reduced and destroyed during the year bringing to a successful conclusion projects that spanned many years.
The biggest networking event in Europe for nuclear decommissioning will be held in Manchester. 2 November 2017.
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