The Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters Leadership Forum’s Wave & Tidal Information Day took place in Thurso and Kirkwall this week. The event had displays and staff from Meygen, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd, National Grid, Marine Scotland, The Crown Estate, HIE, Highland Council, Business Gateway, Skills Development Scotland, Caithness Chamber of Commerce, Scrabster Harbour Trust, Wick Harbour Authority, Energy North, North Highland College, the Environmental Research Institute and the European Marine Energy Centre. A wide range of local people visited during the day, including a number of students from local high schools involved in the Dounreay and HIE funded project to boost the teaching and learning of STEM subjects, all of whom showed great interest in developments. Many thanks to Stuart Tait, David Charnley and colleagues for making sure the pupils were able to attend. CNSRP’s Chairman Sir Anthony Cleaver provided a short press comment on the day and it can be viewed at http://www.cnsrp.org.uk/2012/11/29/pentland-firth-orkney-waters-leadership-forum-information-day-28th-november/ Scrabster Harbour Trust’s Manager and Chairman are also featured in an interview in this week’s local press talking about progress at the harbour, and the interest being shown in the facilities by energy sector companies. http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/News/Harbour-operators-eye-new-business-27112012.htm
The Socio-economic pages of the Dounreay website have been refreshed, and now contain data on the staffing profiles on site and for the remaining years of the decommissioning programme. Data is broken down by age, job type and skills. Log on to http://www.dounreay.com/site-closure/socio-economics/workforce-transition/skills for more detail.
As part of an ongoing process of helping communicate progress with the delivery of aspects of our economic transition programme CNSRP’s partners work together to generate news stories for local, regional and national media. I also speak on a regular basis to individuals and organisations across the area to update on progress. This week: