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What’s your company’s background?

Oregon Timber Frame Ltd. was established in 1998. We were set up to design, manufacture and erect structural timber frames for national housing developers and large national contractors. Today, we’ve grown to become the largest independent manufacturer in the UK. The vast majority of our work is with established, long-term customers from whom we get much repeat business.

Why did you choose to take on a graduate placement?

We have, in the past, successfully taken part in KTP placements for long-term projects (coupled with research work with Universities) using specific skills of graduates for specific projects to develop and grow the business.

TalentScotland (now ScotGrad) had a ready-made list of potential candidates for the specific project we had in mind. Indeed, from the short list presented to us for interview by TalentScotland, we would have been happy to take on all three, had we been in a position to do so!

What was the graduate involved in?

The graduate helped the company’s Technical Director prepare and establish the business plan and strategy for a new Technical Services business within Oregon Timber Frame Ltd.

The proposal was to have a one-stop shop for all energy-related regulatory and compliance requirements for new and existing build – starting with our present customer base and expanding to the general public.

How has the graduate placement programme benefited your organisation?

The graduate enabled the company to put a person on a task, focusing 100% of their time on it. That’s a ‘luxury’ other individuals are unable to have in, what is, a very busy business. The skills and talents gained from obtaining a degree are ideally suited: ability to take direction, and go and find out the answers, then write them down in a report.