Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership Update
3rd March 2017
Week commencing 27 February 2017
Energy & business services:
As the construction of the Operations and Maintenance base for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm project gets closer to starting, the long-term staffing of the project is already being considered. Tier 1 contractor Siemens is inviting applications for apprenticeship programmes: the Siemens offer is for Advanced Apprenticeships in Mechatronic Maintenance (site based technician). For more information on the opportunities and application details please see https://jobs.siemens-info.com/jobs/255352/Wick+(Beatrice)+-+Advanced+Apprentice+Wind+Power+Site+Based+Technician?lang=en-GB
· Employers looking to recruit fresh talent are invited to attend an event aimed at workers in the oil and gas sector facing redundancy. Businesses from all sectors of the economy have the chance to exhibit at the free event, being held at the Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre (AECC), on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The event is the fifth to be organised by the Scottish Government's initiative for responding to redundancy situations, Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), and forms part of the response from the Energy Jobs Taskforce. Caithness was represented at a previous Aberdeen event by CNSRP partner Skills Development Scotland, and reported keen interest from workers in opportunities in the north. For more information about the event visit www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/employment-support-event and register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/north-east-employment-support-event-tickets-31353135071 You can read some case studies of people (including Peter Smith from Caithness) helped by previous events at https://www.scottish-enterprise.com/knowledge-hub/articles/case-study/oil-and-gas/pace
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP's partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week:
Last week saw the publication of the latest edition of the Energy North supplement from Scottish Provincial Press, which continues to provide an excellent read for anyone interested in developments in the north. This edition highlights the opening of the NDA Archive in Wick, and I was happy to be asked to comment on the proposed floating offshore wind project off the north coast of Caithness. You can read the digital edition of the supplement at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/launch.aspx?eid=dbd68374-f09f-412e-b519-2b9177eeec68
The conveyor belt of digital talent at Wick High School continues to impress, with several teams of App builders from the school pitching their ideas this week as part of the Apps for Good (https://www.appsforgood.org/) competition that the school has done so well in over the past few years. The young teams (Tartan Badges, Music Kidz, MyMidgeForecast, Off-Road App) all have twitter and/ or facebook feeds - please check them out!
I was delighted to attend the official re-opening of the Dounreay.com office in Thurso this week. Dounreay Stakeholder Group chairman David Flear performed the opening in front of a small audience including Dounreay Managing Director Phil Craig. The office will help tell the story of Dounreay decommissioning, but will also carry information on the activities of CNSRP, and forms part of the wider project to bring the whole of the Traill House building in central Thurso back into economic use. Staff from the Dounreay site have now relocated into Traill House, bringing additional daily footfall into the town centre. http://www.dounreay.com/news/2017-03-02/dounreays-high-street-makeover
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Week Commencing 13 November 2017 Energy & business services: A reminder that SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick next week for those interested in working on the vessels. SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Energy & business services: SeaCat Services, the operators of the crew transfer vessels that will support both construction and operations work for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm (BOWL) project, will be running a recruitment event in Wick for those interested in working on the vessels (see my blog for pictures of the SeaCat Intrepid already based in Wick). SeaCat are seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and will be hosting a drop-in session at Wick Job Centre, Girnigoe Street, Wick from 9am til 12pm on Thursday 23rd November.
Week commencing 30th October 2017 Energy & business services: The operators of the Moray (East) Offshore Windfarm development (also known as "Moray 1") have announced this week that MHI Vestas has been awarded the contract to supply and install up to one hundred 9.5MW turbines for the development. The Vestas brand will be familiar to many through its use in onshore wind turbines: as previously highlighted here, the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm consortium will be using Siemens turbines.
Weeks commencing 16th and 23rd October 2017. Energy & business services: It was great to be invited this week to take part in a visit to the area by Japanese nuclear industry and government representatives.
Week commencing 25 September 2017 Tourism, Food and Drink: · Last weekend saw the staging of the annual "Taste North" event organised at Ackergill Tower by Venture North with support from a range of organisations including CNSRP partner the NDA. Despite the less than ideal weather, the event attracted a record number of visitors (around 1,000), and a range of food, drink and tourism companies from across the north, and featured a range of activities and demonstrations, including masterclasses with renowned chef Nick Nairn.
Week commencing 11 September 2017 Energy & business services: The UK Government's department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week announced its latest round of awards through the "Contracts for Difference" mechanism, in which there was mixed news for area projects. The Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) development consented for the Moray Firth - received an award, whilst the MeyGen tidal energy project did not.
Week Commencing 4 September 2017 Enabling Activities: As I highlighted last week CNSRP partners Highland Council and NDA have supported Scottish Government to carry out investigation work into the improvement of the A9 Trunk Road at Berriedale Braes, which aims to improve the notorious hairpin bend. The notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £9 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct major improvements to this important route.
Week Commencing 14th August 2017 Energy & business services: Caithness Chamber of Commerce this week ran an event sponsored by CNSRP partner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The main speaker was Bill Cattanach of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), with introductory presentations by myself and Sandy Mackie of Scrabster Harbour Trust.
Weeks commening 31st July and 7th August Energy & business services: As I highlighted recently, the company behind the proposed floating offshore windfarm demonstrator off the coast near Dounreay recently went into into administration. Administrators French Duncan have opened a "data room" for potential buyers.
Week commencing 26 June 2017. Energy & business services: I met Louise Smith of Caithness Renewables last week, and heard about her current role as an adviser to the "Resource Efficient Scotland" programme being run by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government.
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