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5/2/2020
Sottish Chambers Of Commerce Reacts To Mixed Results Of Holyrood Rates Vote
Scottish Chambers of Commerce reacts to mixed results of Holyrood rates vote.   Whilst welcoming the Scottish Parliament's decision to retain the Uniform Business Rate, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has urged the Scottish Parliament to reconsider what it believes is a major barrier to a more flexible, responsive rates system outside of the revaluation cycle following voting on the Non Domestic Rates Bill (Scotland) today.  
NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremonyThumbnail for article : NDA group enjoys a big WiN at awards ceremony
Employees from across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority group have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony in London.   The Women in Nuclear (WiN) Annual Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond to promote gender balance and diversity across the nuclear sector.  
Radio Active Particles At Dounreay Foreshore Latest ListThumbnail for article : Radio Active Particles At Dounreay Foreshore Latest List
The latest particle find on the Dounreay foreshore was on 17th January 2020.   See the updated list.  
The NDA has launched its 2020 Stakeholder Survey
We're looking for your input to help shape future engagement.   The on-line survey only takes 10-15 minutes to finish and gives stakeholders, with an interest in the NDA's decommissioning and clean-up mission, a chance to air their views on progress - and on how they can do things better.  
Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020Thumbnail for article : Engineering Apprenticeships (mechanical, Electrical & Instrumentation) Closing Date 19 February 2020
Starting Salary: £12,595 in Year 1 rising to £18,191 in Year 4.   Dounreay is working at the forefront of nuclear decommissioning, waste management and environmental restoration.  
Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019Thumbnail for article : Scrabster Harbour At The End Of 2019
See Photo Gallery to take look around Scrabster harbour as 2019 draws to a close..  
Agreement urgently needed on police authority's functionsThumbnail for article : Agreement urgently needed on police authority's functions
Greater clarity is needed around the core functions and finances of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) so that it can build a modern and financially stable police service.   A report on 17 December 2019 from the Auditor General highlights some progress over the last year amid a raft of new appointments to Police Scotland, including a new chief constable and three deputies, and seven new members to the SPA Board.  
Dounreay Heritage Annual Report 2018 To 2019
Dounreay heritage strategy - Updated 26 November 2019 The Dounreay Heritage Strategy was published in 2010 and is managed by the DSRL heritage officer with advice from a panel of external experts from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), National Museums Scotland (NMS), Highlife Highland (HLH) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).  The Heritage Advisory Panel held its ninth meeting on 26 March 2019 in Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives.  
Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From DounreayThumbnail for article : Decommissioning In Japan - Learning From Dounreay
As part of the nuclear sector deal, to foster ever-stronger links between the British and Japanese nuclear industry, Councillor Struan Mackie who represents Thurso and North West Caithness on Highland Council (Deputy-Chair of the Dounreay Stakeholder Group) undertook a five day Japanese visit to discuss the impact of nuclear decommissioning on local communities with stakeholders in Tsuruga City, Fukui prefecture.   The whistle-stop visit included two days in Tsuruga on , the home of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agencies fast reactor ‘Monju', is generally regarded to be a ‘partner plant' to Dounreay's PFR in Caithness.  
Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up OpportunitiesThumbnail for article : Dounreay Supplier Day Looks At Clean-up Opportunities
Dounreay's latest supplier information day, hosted jointly with companies appointed to its decommissioning services framework, has proved popular with companies from around the UK.   Around 200 people packed into a venue in Wick, Caithness to hear about plans for future work to decommission the site.  
The Pensions Regulator Authorises Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Master Trust
This latest approval brings the total number of schemes authorised by TPR up to 35, following the approval of the University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme earlier this month (8 October).   CNPP is an industry-wide scheme, set up in 2006, for workers in the nuclear decommissioning industry.  
Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of ScheduleThumbnail for article : Dounreay Waste Store Construction Work Ahead Of Schedule
Construction work on the latest radioactive waste store at Dounreay is setting records.   The concrete floor slab has just been completed ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record.  
Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactorThumbnail for article : Half the fuel gone from iconic Dounreay reactor
Half of the last remaining radioactive fuel elements jammed for decades inside the iconic Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR) have now been removed.   DFR with its famous dome once led the world in fast breeder technology.  
New Drug Driving Laws To Be Introduced
Motorists face roadside drugs test.   Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has welcomed Police Scotland's preparations for the introduction of new drug driving laws on 21 October.  
Community Projects Benefit Over £80k In CNS Fund Latest Funding
Seven community projects are to benefit from over £80k of funding following the Caithness & North Sutherland Fund's latest grant awards.   CNSFund Chairperson David Glass said "Our latest funding includes improvements to youth activities, community and recreational facilities as well as progressing an ambitious project to establish a major visitor attraction in Caithness.  
Dounreay Apprentices Celebrate Completion Of Training SchemeThumbnail for article : Dounreay Apprentices Celebrate Completion Of Training Scheme
Seven Dounreay apprentices have received their indenture certificates at a special event to mark the successful conclusion of their 4-year training programme.   The latest group ‘graduating' joined the company in 2015 - the 60th year apprentices had been part of the workforce at Dounreay and the first time in more than a decade that design office apprentices had been recruited.  
Pentland Housing Association enter into negotiations with Cairn HousingThumbnail for article : Pentland Housing Association enter into negotiations with Cairn Housing
Pentland Housing Association has decided to transfer to Cairn Housing Association following a strategic review.   Tenants, staff and board members were all involved in the review which was set up to plan for the future of the Association and how it provides homes and services to tenants and other customers.  
Mobile devices introduced for Highland & Islands officers
Police officers in the Highlands and Islands will start using mobile devices as part of their operational duties which will increase their visibility within local communities.   Officers will be able to access a wide range of police systems while out on duty without the requirement to return to a police station and log on to a computer.  
A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.Thumbnail for article : A new intermediate waste store is being constructed at Dounreay.
The first concrete pour has taken place on a new waste store at Dounreay that will be needed for the closure of the site.   Dounreay awarded the contract to construct the new intermediate level waste store to GRAHAM Construction Ltd.  
New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland CommunitiesThumbnail for article : New Apprenticeship Hub to Support North Highland Communities
North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, led by Caithness Chamber of Commerce, have signed a partnership agreement to formalise their new initiative, The Apprenticeship Hub.   The initiative aims to create a collaborative approach between North Highland College UHI and Developing the Young Workforce North Highland to support growth in the apprenticeship family to benefit the Caithness and Sutherland economy.