Staff learn about skills and training opportunities

Union reps, college lecturers and training staff came together at Dounreay to promote opportunities for workers to learn new skills and develop different careers.

The occasion was National Learning at Work Day 2008 – a UK-wide initiative to promote new skills and qualifications in the workplace.

Dounreay was among more than 6000 organisations nationwide who took part.

The issue is particularly relevant at Dounreay where developing the skills of staff as the decommissioning project evolves over the next decade or so is a key element of the site closure programme.

"An essential part of the transition is identifying the skills people need for the future and helping people obtain them," said Dounreay’s head of human resources Jerry Abbott.

"That is one of the reasons we are very keen to support events such as National Learning at Work Day that encourage staff to learn new skills."

Hundreds of staff at the site took up the opportunity to visit two stands set up at Dounreay during the day.

They were able to find information about a wide range of courses and qualifications, from the Open University through to the local college, trade union courses and workshops about career transition.

Mandy Swan, a trade union learning rep, said: "We were delighted with the response. Events like this nurture people’s interest and I’m sure some people will now go on to achieve more in their lives as a result."