For James Williamson, a year's placement at BSW Timber at their Boat of Garten site provided invaluable experience on his road from University to the world of work. James explains his journey.
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.