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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Energy & business services: Staff from AGM Batteries were represented at a business breakfast event this week (see communications below), and it is great to see their recent success recognised in today's John o' Groat Journal. The company, which is based on Thurso's Business Park, has been awarded a £1.48 million grant through the UK Government's Faraday Battery Challenge.
Week Commencing 29th January 2018. Energy & business services.
Energy & business services: The Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme is now open for applications. Financial support through the programme has been designed to encourage innovation of both design and business models.
Week commencing 15th January 2018 Enabling activities: It is always great to see an innovative Caithness company being recognised - this time Norscot Joinery, whose partnership with Strathclyde University through the Interface programme, is up for Innovation of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. http://www.bqlive.co.uk/scotland/2018/01/11/news/scottish-knowledge-exchange-awards-finalists-announced-29865/ Business Gateway (managed in the Highlands by CNSRP partner the Highland Council) will be running two workshops for businesses interested in boosting their digital profile.
Week Commencing 8 January 2018 Energy & business services: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy - the suppliers of the turbines for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm - are advertising several new roles to be based at the operations base in Wick. See http://forum.caithness.org/forumdisplay.php?22-Job-Vacancies.
Week Commencing 1st January 2018. Energy & business services: 2018 promises to be another year of exciting change in the energy sector, and to highlight how things have progressed in the north the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm team have produced a short booklet outlining the significant milestones that have been achieved during 2017 - you can access the booklet at https://www.beatricewind.com/single-post/2017/12/22/lookingbackat2017 .
Weeks commencing 20th and 27th November 2017 Energy & business services: Delighted to hear 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, had a good level of interest at its recruitment event in Wick last week. SeaCat is seeking suitably qualified candidates for roles such as Master, Mate and Deckhand, and I understand that several applications are now being taken forward.
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.
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