Welsh delegates learn from Caithness experience
May 01, 2008
Staff from the Dounreay site met with representatives from Wales last week as part of a two day visit to Caithness to learn from the work carried out on regeneration of the community.
The 14 strong delegation comprising of Welsh Government, local authorities, site stakeholder group and supply chain representatives met with Jerry Abbott, Ron Peddie and Donna Stewart. They heard about the Plan-it voluntary transition training programme launched last year to allow staff working on the site to consider development for possible retraining at Dounreay in the short term and beyond Dounreay in the longer term. The team also identified areas where the site and NDA supported regeneration initiatives in the community.
The visit was hosted by the Dounreay Stakeholder Group, in partnership with HIE. The visitors met with various organisations during their two day stay including NDA, Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership, HIE, North Highland College, and representatives of Nuclear Skills Academy, North Highland Regeneration Fund, Dounreay Stakeholder Group and the supply chain.
Following the visit, John Jones, Magnox North said, "The visit gave us an excellent view of the magnitude of the task facing you in Caithness and the energetic and pro-active way it is being tackled. It also gave us an insight into how we need to move forward in North West Wales. The group all thought the visit was beneficial and there is a lot of think about and lessons for us to apply in our locality. We were extremely impressed by the passion and commitment shown by everyone we met and the way everyone went out of their way to share information with us in a positive and supportive manner."