YOUNG people in Lochaber have been getting an insight into possible careers and the world of work through Developing the Young Workforce (DYW).
Two recent trips included S3 pupils from Lochaber High School visiting both BSW Timber Ltd and the Underwater Centre in Fort William.
Ewen Smith, engineering manager at BSW Timber Ltd, said after the tour: ‘As the Fort William sawmill continues to develop, so does our requirement for highly skilled engineers.
‘To meet this need, in recent years BSW Timber has recruited a significant number of apprentices in various engineering disciplines. To ensure that we attract the best young people, building strong partnerships with DYW and Lochaber High School is essential.’
Steve Ham, commercial director at the Underwater Centre, said: ‘We were delighted to be able to show the group of pupils from Lochaber High School around the Underwater Centre today.
‘The pupils were a really engaged group and asked lots of intelligent questions – they were a pleasure to show around.’
ART Lochaber’s preview has been hailed a success as MSP Kate Forbes opened the 39th annual exhibition.
Held at Ben Nevis Distillery on Friday May 26, the occasion was well attended by artists and guests.
The Lochaber MSP said she was very impressed by the ‘standard and variety of the work displayed’ and commented on how artists can communicate so well through their own particular medium, while the politician uses words.
Dorothy Kelly of Art Lochaber welcomed Ms Forbes and a raffle followed later in the evening, with prizes donated by Ben Nevis Distillery, Crannog Cruises, Nevis Range and Art Lochaber. Music during the evening was provided by Fort William students home for the summer, Kirstin McAdam and Claire Francis, with fiddles and keyboard.
The Art Lochaber 40th anniversary programme kicks off in September with a weekend workshop led by Jonathan Shearer. The programme of workshops is funded by the commission on sales made at the annual exhibition.
Pupils at the Underwater Centre in Fort William.