Shutdown plan includes help for workers and business

Shutdown plan includes help for workers and business

A new report sets out how Dounreay’s clean-up contractor is helping staff and local businesses adjust to site closure.

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd will spend approximately £500,000 this year on measures designed to help staff identify new career opportunities and strengthen the local economy to reduce its long-term dependence on revenue from the site.

The programme is funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority as part of its ongoing commitment to take account of the social and economic consequences of site closure.

It is spending up to £150 million a year on the site closure programme. This sustains one in every five or six jobs locally, according to previous studies, but this will decline as more of the site is demolished and fewer people are needed to complete the clean-up.

NDA and DSRL are supporting a regeneration strategy led by local agencies that aims to find alternative economic activity to replace the jobs being lost.

DSRL’s programme of work in support of this is contained in the Dounreay Socio Economic Development Plan for 2010-11. It includes:

• Career planning and reskilling programmes for workers facing redundancy

• Nurturing business spin-outs from existing site services

• Support for the National Skills Academy Nuclear and North Highland College to develop a new engineering centre in Thurso.

• Pump-prime funding for projects of strategic importance identified by Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.