Dounreay Apprentices Celebrate Completion Of Training Scheme
3rd September 2019
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.
Dounreay Apprentice Manager Carol Robertson said:We are incredibly proud of our apprentice programme and I am delighted that all those completing their training this year will be staying on to help deliver our hazard reduction programme. The very nature of decommissioning means that the site will ultimately close, but this scheme has ensured they have skills for life with trades that are in demand. They are now in an ideal position to start building the career that they want.
The apprentices, covering a range of engineering trades, have completed a 4-year structured training programme, including an initial year at North Highland College in Thurso before moving to the site to get hands-on experience.
Guest speaker at the celebratory event was local Member of the Scottish Parliament, Gail Ross MSP:"It was fantastic to speak at the graduation event for Dounreay apprentices. They are a hardworking, committed and fun group of young people that are an asset, not just to their workplace, but to Caithness and we are lucky to have them".
Another 8 local engineering apprentices are set to start their 4-year training programme next month. The organisation also has business administration and carpentry and joinery apprenticeship programmes running this year.
The graduating apprentices pictured with Dounreay MD Martin Moore and MSP Gail Ross.
At a gathering in Wick town Hall on Monday 28th October 2019 Gail Ross MSP launched a consultation on a remote rural communities bill that would be similar protection for mainland communities as the 2018 Islands Act for Scottish islands. Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Gail Ross is proposing the legislation, which would mean public bodies would have to take the impact on remote rural communities into account when making policy.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The event, now in its ninth year, has been an overwhelming success in engaging with the suppliers who are so essential to achieving our decommissioning mission. Since launching in 2011, the event has attracted a total of around 10,000 visitors from more than 20 countries, representing thousands of companies both large and small.
This was the NDA's third summit, and the inspirational setting of the new Coleg Menai facilities, on Anglesey in North Wales, perfectly reflected the NDA’s approach to building sustainable post-nuclear communities around its estate. Some £4 million of funding from the NDA’s socio-economic budget has been used to create a state-of-the-art educational facility at the heart of the island.
The partnership will expand access to the key Asian market that is valued at $50 billion and further underscores AECOM's leading nuclear decontamination and decommissioning capabilities. LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2019) — AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, and Toshiba have signed an Alliance Agreement to work together on decommissioning nuclear reactors in Japan.
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