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Caithness News Bulletins September 2003
NEW CAREERS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN NUCLEAR CLEAN-UP 9 September 03
Twelve young people from Caithness have started new careers in the decommissioning of Britain's former centre of fast reactor research and development.
The latest batch of engineering apprentices and secretarial and scientific trainees to complete their skills training programmes at the site attended their indenture ceremony at the Park Hotel, Thurso last week
Dounreay's head of engineering Sandy Charter will tell them the skills and experience they gain at the Caithness site will be in growing demand throughout the UK and abroad as more nuclear plants reached the end of their operating lives.
"The quality of the training you have received at Dounreay is recognised throughout the world as being of the highest order," he said. "That, combined with Dounreay's leading edge at the forefront of Britain's nuclear clean-up business, gives you a fantastic opportunity to develop a career in a industry that will grow for many years to come.
"Decommissioning is not the end of an industry but the start of a new one. The demand for highly-skilled decommissioning staff is growing, and I am proud of the expanding role that Dounreay is playing in the creation of training opportunities for young people in the Highlands."
UKAEA Dounreay indentures for 2003:
HND in Electronic Engineering and SVQ
Level III in Engineering Maintenance:
HND in Electrical Engineering and SVQ
Level III in Engineering Maintenance
Craft apprenticeships started in September 1955, since when more than a thousand apprentices have completed their training at Dounreay.
This year, UKAEA has introduced a modern apprenticeship in Nuclear Operations and Decommissioning ? the first in the UK. Five young people have started a three-year training programme (see UKAEA news release http://www.ukaea.org.uk/press/2003/03_09_03.htm). A total of 21 apprentices and trainees have been recruited to UKAEA schemes at Dounreay this year.
Dounreay was Britain's centre of fast
reactor research and development from 1955 until 1994. Three reactors and
associated chemical facilities were built and developed on 135 acres of
land. The site is now
The Dounreay Site Restoration Plan published by UKAEA in October 2000 describes some 1500 projects required to decommission and restore the environment of the site over 50-60-years at a cost in the region of £4 billion. It can be viewed at www.ukaea.org.uk.