MSP congratulates Norbord on commitment to apprentices

Norbord has been praised by a local politician for continuing to lead the way on its apprenticeship programme.

Norbord, the UK’s leading producer of engineered wood products, welcomed David Stewart, Labour list MSP for Highlands and Islands, to meet with apprentices at its Morayhill plant.

The company recently took on five apprentices, continuing a commitment to training local talent which stretches back throughout its 30-year plus history in the area.

Norbord also recently announced a £95m investment in the plant, which makes SterlingOSB, securing the long-term future of its 130 employees and hundreds of other jobs supported by its supply chain. The expansion will virtually double capacity and is further supported by a €15m development grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). 

Mr Stewart, who visited as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which celebrates the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy, said: “Apprenticeship programmes such as Norbord’s are an investment in the local economy as well as the country’s future.

“We need more companies to follow Norbord and train young people to fill the skills gap that exists.

Jerry Jones, general manager of Norbord Inverness, said: “Norbord was extremely pleased to welcome David Stewart MSP to our plant.”