A new modern apprenticeship programme has been created at Norbord, Inverness, to develop skills that are focused on the technical and manufacturing aspects of the process at the mill.
The 18-24 month Technical Manufacturing (TM) Modern Apprenticeship programme combines theoretical learning and practical hands-on experience within the production process, and results in an SVQ2 qualification.
Emma Eadie, HR Assistant at Norbord, said: “We have always supported modern apprenticeships and take on two apprentices every two years to be trained in either mechanical or electrical engineering to help support our maintenance teams.
“However, we’ve also been keen to support the production side of our operations and we looked at putting a training package together that both met our operational needs and for it to also qualify for a modern apprenticeship status.”
Emma worked with production manager, Mark Reilly and quality assurance technician Jennifer MacDonald, alongside Inverness College to develop a suitable programme.
“The college is very familiar with our operations from our past work with them with our existing apprenticeships and they were very helpful in looking at our production roles and developing an educational package that would support a new apprenticeship programme,” she said.