Norbord has been praised by a local politician for its apprenticeship programme. Norbord 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 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 almost double capacity and is further supported by a €15m (£11.8m) development grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

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.”