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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Five students from the University of Strathclyde and Caledonian University have completed a 12-week undergraduate placement at Norbord in Cowie.

 During the paid placement, each student undertook a project that will contribute towards their degree as well as benefitting the operation of the plant.

 The wood panel manufacturer’s undergraduate programme has proved very successful since launching in 2015 with a number of students offered permanent positions upon completing their studies.

 Finlay MacMillan, completed a 12-week placement at Norbord last summer and returned for a further experience during his Masters degree earlier this year. He has now been offered a full-time role. 

Finlay said: “Norbord’s undergraduate placement programme provided me with a fantastic opportunity to draw on the knowledge of such an experienced and friendly team.

 “I am delighted to return to embark on a career with the business and I am sure this year’s students will find the placement just as rewarding and will act as a superb springboard into the industry.”

 This year’s students completed a variety of projects including research and identifying areas of opportunity within the Biomass plant, optimising Dryer energy and determining Sifter efficiency, considering improvement opportunities for the Chip Wash area, collecting data from the various switch boards in the plant switch rooms, and assisting the engineering department with ongoing projects.

 John Robb, operations manager and head of the graduate development programme at Norbord in Cowie, said: “Norbord is committed to supporting young people in career development through our well-rounded programme that aims to integrate graduates from day one, ensuring they learn on the job and gain vital skills for the workplace.

 “It has been a pleasure to welcome our five new graduates and we have enjoyed seeing their completed projects.

 “Finlay is a superb example of just how beneficial the programme can be. He was awarded a first with distinction for his Masters degree and really impressed the team at Norbord. It is great to have him as part of the team.”