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Friday, 06 October 2017

Four apprentices who have completed Norbord’s four-year apprenticeship programme at its Cowie plant have achieved National Certificate (NC) and Higher National Certificate (HNC) qualifications.

The leading Stirlingshire employer’s long-established apprenticeship programme sees apprentices complete a 26-week stint at MetTech in Grangemouth before embarking on on-the-job training at Norbord.

The students then attend Falkirk College one day per week to complete an NC in mechanical or electrical engineering before going on to gaining their HNC in third and fourth year. 

Greig McGuinness and Daniel Forshaw (both 22) successfully completed the electrical engineering programme, while Ryan Colgan and Liam Taggart (both 22) undertook the mechanical engineering programme.

All four of the apprentices have been offered permanent contacts at Norbord’s Cowie plant following completion of the programme and Jack, Greig and Daniel are undertaking HND courses at Forth Valley College.

Norbord has had an apprenticeship programme in place since it opened 40 years ago and maintains its commitment to develop its own staff to this day.

Scott McGuinness, head of the apprenticeship programme at Norbord and himself a former apprentice, said: “Greg, Daniel, Ryan and Liam have all proved to be fantastic additions to our team and we are proud to have watched them progress over the past four years.

“Our well-rounded programme is a fantastic way of training our apprentices on the varied work systems that we have in place and offers them a clear path on which to progress at Norbord.

 “The initiative has proved very successful over the years with 95 per cent of those who have embarked on the programme going on to achieve a recognised qualification and gaining full-time employment at the company.

 “On completion of the programme, all apprentices are given the opportunity to go on to study at HND and degree level.”