NDA invests £1.1m in new jobs initiative

NDA invests £1.1m in new jobs initiative

A new initiative to support economic development in the north Highlands is being helped with £1.1 million from the organisation in charge of the closure of Dounreay.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is providing almost half the funding for a £2.3 million skills development programme called Make the Right Connections launched by Caithness Chamber of Commerce.

It aims to match the skills of 800 people over the next three years to the needs of industry being targeted for inward investment.

“The NDA is committed to mitigating the socio-economics of its activities and recognises Caithness as one of its priority areas,” NDA stakeholder relations director Jon Phillips told the event launch in Wick

“This programme is the flip side to the NDA’s previous investments in economic diversification in the region, such as our support for Scrabster and Wick harbours. Better infrastructure brings new companies to the area, and there needs to be appropriate skills within the local supply chain to match.

“We invested in the Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre in Thurso and NDA and DSRL support for ‘Make the Right Connections’ is another contribution to make sure that local companies are in the best shape they can be to gain new work post Dounreay.”

Industry support for the programme is coming from the NDA (£800,000) and site licence company DSRL (£300,000).

It builds on successful programmes already in place for DSRL employees to help them identify their career paths ahead of the plant’s closure.