Director Roddy Murray at An Lanntair explains how their graduate Judith put her degree in Economics and Marketing to good use for his organisation in Stornoway.
What is your company background?
An Lanntair (a lantern, a beacon, a lighthouse) is the primary agent for the delivery of visual and performing arts, cinema, arts education and outreach programmes in the Western Isles. Our geographical constituency is the North West Highlands but our cultural constituency, particularly through Gaelic, is national and international.
We are a venue, forum, promoter, producer, enabler, agency and advocate for the arts for the area.
Visit our arts centre on the Stornoway sea front or http://www.lanntair.com
What inspired you to take on a graduate placement?
We had successfully employed a student on two consecutive summer project placements. This worked well and we were happy to employ the right person for a full year.
What type of project is your graduate involved in?
Primarily the reconciliation, reorganisation and relaunch of our Membership and the development of a new website.
What discernable benefits have you identified as a direct result of employing a graduate?
We've gained much more clarity and engagement with our membership, and better feedback too, which allows us to respond and consequently improve our offer for our customers.
What knowledge and skills has the graduate brought to your organisation?
Judith has brought organisation skills and administrative clarity. She is very competent, diligent, thorough and IT savvy.