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New Training Hub Set To Revolutionise Nuclear Skills DevelopmentThumbnail for article : New Training Hub Set To Revolutionise Nuclear Skills Development
A state-of-the-art skills centre for the UK nuclear industry has been officially opened at Sellafield.   The Glove Box Training Facility upskills operators in one of nuclear's most important disciplines.  
25/9/2023
Caithness Groups Get Lottery Awards
A number of groups in Caithness were on a long list of Scottish awards from the lottery.   Caithness KLICS (SCIO) Medium Grants Scotland: Improving Lives £76,763 Highland The group will use the funding to offer a range of activities for young carers, including weekly group sessions and after school sessions to reduce stress and provide respite bringing some normality into their lives.  
POLICE OFFICER RECRUITMENT - CAITHNESS AREAThumbnail for article : POLICE OFFICER RECRUITMENT - CAITHNESS AREA
Would you like to join the Police? Would you like to live and work in the Caithness area? Police Scotland is actively recruiting good quality and eligible candidates specifically for the Caithness area.   We are taking applications now for Police Constable / Special Constable Entry for future intakes during 2023/2024.  
NDA Welcomes Its Largest And Most Diverse Cohort Of GraduatesThumbnail for article : NDA Welcomes Its Largest And Most Diverse Cohort Of Graduates
NDA group welcomes the first cohort of graduates recruited through the NDA group graduate programme, launched late last year.   On Monday 18 September 2023 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group welcomed the first cohort of graduates recruited through the NDA group graduate programme, launched late last year.  
NDA Group Showcases Skills And Innovative Expertise In WestminsterThumbnail for article : NDA Group Showcases Skills And Innovative Expertise In Westminster
The NDA group showcased how it's using technology, innovation and expert skills to deliver its crucial mission, at the NIA's ‘Nuclear Week in Parliament'.   The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) group showcased how it's using technology, innovation and expert skills to deliver its crucial mission, at the Nuclear Industry Association's ‘Nuclear Week in Parliament'.  
Dounreay Welcomes New Apprentices for 2023Thumbnail for article : Dounreay Welcomes New Apprentices for 2023
Dounreay has welcomed the 2023 instrument, electrical, mechanical, scaffolding, joinery, design and business apprentice intake.   These young people will now take part in development programmes, which will see them have the skills and qualifications to make them the future of our workforce.  
Dounreay Supply Chain Newsletter July 2023
The Commercial team at Dounreay is committed to ensuring strong working relationships with the supply chain.  The launch of Dounreay's supply chain newsletter will help us to keep the supply chain informed on current events on site and will be distributed quarterly.  
Assessment Of The Benefits Of The NDA Innovation PortfolioThumbnail for article : Assessment Of The Benefits Of The NDA Innovation Portfolio
The NDA innovation programme covers a range of supply chain focused calls and competitions that have been run since 2006.  It is targeted at the NDA's growing ambition to deliver its decommissioning mission safer, faster and at lower cost.  
World's Fusion Energy Community Gathers In OxfordThumbnail for article : World's Fusion Energy Community Gathers In Oxford
Record-breaking attendance for IEEE Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE).   The UK and Oxford will become the epicentre of the global fusion community this week as hundreds of scientists and engineers gather to progress fusion energy powerplant development.  
NDA And Scottish Stakeholders - Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration In ScotlandThumbnail for article : NDA And Scottish Stakeholders - Accelerating Innovation Through Collaboration In Scotland
NDA and Scottish stakeholders come together seeking to accelerate innovation through collaboration.   On Wednesday 28 June, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the University of Strathclyde, welcomed over 100 stakeholders to their second Innovation and Technology Roadshow at the university's Innovations and Technology Centre in Glasgow.  
£74m Police Budget Cut Will Make Communities Less Safe
UNISON, the union for police staff, says Scotland's police budget cut will see even more crime going unreported and crimes not being fully investigated.   The union says around 230 police staff could be cut, including fingerprint examiners, forensic examiners, 999 call handlers, custody staff, high-speed driving instructors, cybercrime experts, payroll, HR and IT staff.  
Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Report highlights real progressThumbnail for article : Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Report highlights real progress
This latest report published yesterday (29 June 2023) is pertaining to places in England but maybe interest here in the north of Scotland with connections in Caithness at Dounreay.   The Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) Report has been published today and sets out significant progress of the programme to deliver a safe and permanent solution for the UK's most radioactive waste.  
New Plug Seals Dounreay Reactor Clean-upThumbnail for article : New Plug Seals Dounreay Reactor Clean-up
Upgrade work was required to the primary cold trap loop (PCTL) vessel before it could be used on the next stage of decommissioning.   Dounreay's prototype fast reactor decommissioning team is in the process of connecting up the reactor vessel and pipework to water vapour nitrogen (WVN) treatment skids, which will destroy the residual sodium in the system, and enable it to be dismantled safely.  
Dounreay Managing Director Experiences 'hands-on' DecommissioningThumbnail for article : Dounreay Managing Director Experiences 'hands-on' Decommissioning
Mark Rouse recently had the opportunity to try his hand at being an airfed suit operator in the training simulator at Dounreay.   "I think it was a few years ago when I was first at Dounreay, I expressed an interest in experiencing things that the workforce went through - and airfed suits was one that particularly interested me.  
Dounreay Updates Information On Radio Active Particles Released To The EnvironmentThumbnail for article : Dounreay Updates Information On Radio Active Particles Released To The Environment
An important part of the work to close down Dounreay is to address the legacy of radioactive particles in the marine environment around the site.   Particles are fragments of irradiated nuclear fuel discharged to sea as a result of historic practices in reprocessing.  
Robotic Dogs Arrive On Site At Dounreay - Forget AI Think DogsThumbnail for article : Robotic Dogs Arrive On Site At Dounreay - Forget AI Think Dogs
A 'pack' of robotic 'dogs' have been harnessed to help Dounreay with monitoring work on site.   Spot, a robotic quadruped (‘dog') from Boston Dynamics, has the ability to climb stairs, avoid obstacles, and move over rough ground, allowing it to monitor and collect data in hazardous areas.  
NDA - Local Social and Economic Impact Practitioners' Guidance for grant funding
The NDA has published a guide for practitioners dealing with funding.   It may be useful for businesses and groups thinking about applying for NDA funding to understand the principles involved and the aims being pursued for socio-economic targets.  
Dounreay Has Successfully Joined With Magnox LimitedThumbnail for article : Dounreay Has Successfully Joined With Magnox Limited
Dounreay has successfully joined with Magnox Limited, effective as of April 1st 2023.   This joining is part of the NDA group's wider programme of change.  
NDA Group Gender Pay Gap Report: 2021 To 2022
Data on the difference in employees' average earnings from April 2021 to March 2022 for the NDA group.   Gender Pay Gap legislation introduced in April 2017 requires all employers of 250 or more employees to publish their gender pay gap data annually.  
Sellafield Silo Installs Second Waste Retrieval Machine
The second of 3 machines which are set to safely remove waste out of the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo has successfully been assembled.   Last month, another silo emptying machine was fully built inside the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo, with the final piece of equipment - the main control cubicle - being lifted into the silo and fixed into position.