West Fraser invests in new recruits for Engineering Graduate Scheme

West Fraser is pleased to introduce the latest recruits to the company’s Engineering Graduate Scheme.  Andrew Chapman, Grant McEwan, Deborah Ayebare and Luca Micheletti joined the scheme on 19 October 2020 and are based at West Fraser’s plants in Cowie, South Molton and Inverness.

Despite the challenging times young people find themselves in with training and employment right now, Andrew says he has “already been exposed to a wealth of different areas within the business giving me a good understanding of the processes and the company as a whole”.  These sentiments are echoed by his fellow graduates who also say they have been made feel very welcome by their new colleagues across the company and already feel very much part of the West Fraser family!

For all the new recruits, the West Fraser scheme is a continuation of their engineering training gained at university and they bring with them individual skills which will be put to good use.  While Grant brings an analytical approach to solving problems enjoying “data analysis and finding ways to deconstruct and organise large data sets”, Luca favours 3D software packages to model and simulate real life problems. Deborah has a creative approach to tackling issues and Andrew feels that, being new to the business, he can “look at problems from a fresh perspective without being biased by what has been done historically”.

West Fraser is proud of its history of training for young people and has run apprenticeship schemes for 40 years.

Andrew Taylor, Group Process and Engineering Manager at West Fraser, is one of the graduate mentors and knows the importance of graduate schemes. “It’s a real pleasure to be able to support and mentor the introduction and development of our recent engineering graduate intake.  I started my career in the wood panels industry, some 25 years ago, as a graduate process engineer and know just how beneficial to my own development and experience this opportunity was” explained Andrew.