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What's your background?

Originally from Falkirk, I went to the University of Strathclyde to do a BEng (Hons) Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering. On graduation, I was awarded the A.W.Scott Prize for best overall performance.

Why did you apply to the Graduate Placement Programme?

I was interested in working for an established company alongside experienced people. They could potentially help me with new skills and knowledge, but enhance my existing skills too. (When I came across the placement, ScotGrad was still the TalentScotland programme!)

How have you benefited from the programme?

I’ve been exposed to the daily operation of the sawmill from a management perspective. In the short time I have been at BSW, the company has invested in me with training courses to help me develop in my current role as a Management Trainee. I also attended a residential training week delivered by Robert Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde.

How was the training?

The week away involved a number of classes, including business skills, strategic planning, HR, finance and project management. In addition, the course was a fantastic opportunity to network with other graduates from a broad range of industries.

Any advice for other graduates?

I would encourage any graduates looking to build upon their university skills and knowledge to consider ScotGrad.

The experience I have gained so far is invaluable and I have received a high level of support from the management team which has helped me with the transition from university into industry.