Top Employer Award for Forestry Firm
12 January 2018
Scottish Borders-based BSW Timber Group
has been named Skills Development Scotland's Youth Employer of the
The UK's largest fully integrated forestry company received the
Award at its Dalbeattie sawmill earlier this month. The company,
which was a finalist in this year' Scottish Apprenticeship Awards,
sees apprentices as a core part of its succession planning.
Group Learning and Development Manager Tony Lockey said:
"Receiving this award is a great end to what has been a fantastic
year for us. It is real recognition for the work of all of our
He believes BSW Timber Group's 30 apprentices, including
Scotland's first female saw doctor, bring an eagerness and
motivation to its workplaces while gaining skills and learning from
"We are also offering good jobs in rural areas, which sometimes
can be challenging to find and it is a good way of putting
something back into local communities."
BSW Timber Group was nominated for the Youth Employer of the
Month Award by Skills Development Scotland Relationship Accounts
Executive Vicki Maclean.
She said: "This company is committed to growing their own
talent, it wants to invest in its people and offer opportunities to
progress to everyone who wants them and building a talent pool for
the future. It also has tremendous links with schools and the
Developing the Young Workforce groups in all its locations across
Scotland. It is very worthy winner."
Chairman of SDS, John F McClelland CBE, said: "This company's
commitment to apprentices, interest in graduate apprenticeships and
support of rural communities is to be commended. I would like to
congratulate on reaching the finals of the Scottish Apprenticeship
Awards and on winning the Youth Employer Award."
Source - Skills Development Scotland