Fort William

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Pupils at the Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre in Fort William.

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