Clark and Sutherland is a leading engineering and grain equipment specialist based in Keith, Moray. Since being established in 1947 they have designed, installed, manufactured and maintained equipment in distilleries, farms and maltings all over Scotland.
Clark and Sutherland have recently provided work experience to two students, one from Keith Grammar School and from Robert Gordon University (RGU). Lee Scott, 17, is currently in S6 completed his work experience as part of the Career Ready programme, delivered for young people cross Moray and sees young people matched up with a local business mentor.
Lee’s mentor, Steven Dunbar, Managing Director at Global Resources, suggested a work placement with Clark and Sutherland would be a great opportunity to gain more knowledge and hands on experience about engineering.
Working in the office Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, Lee spent his first week working with design team getting involved in the process of modelling and computer design. Lee’s second week was then spent with the project team helping with the organisation, pricing and planning of new projects.
Following his placement with Clark and Sutherland, Lee will join an engineering firm in Aberdeen for a week and a half - giving him an even wider experience to help him decide what he enjoys the most in this sector.
“At school I take engineering science which I really enjoy, I always knew I wanted to do an engineering related job. However, I didn’t know what career I wanted to do within this. Having the opportunity to do work experience means it will give me more of an idea on what job I would like to do as well as see what I enjoy doing the most. If you are considering work experience don’t be shy and put yourself out there to get the experience.”
Jamie McLeod - Design Office Manager said,
“We are treating Lee as if he was a new apprentice to the organisation - by explaining to him everything about the company and showing him the process of work and answering any questions he has. This will give him a full insight into all aspects of our company.”
Steven Dunbar - Managing Director at Global Resources said,
“I have been working closely with Lee on his interview techniques to better prepare him for the world of work and helping Lee build on his networks within the industry to give him the best possible chance of receiving a job.”
Clark and Sutherland has also provided a work experience programme to Steven who is in his 3rd year at RGU, Studying Mechanical Engineering. Steven will spend four weeks with the company, working in the workshop, on-site and finally in the office. Steven will choose which department he wants to spend his last week to give him the opportunity to specify in that area and ensure that he gets the most out of this experience.
DYW Moray encourage young people to consider work experience as it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain a better understanding of a career or organisation. It will gives students a great insight into the work involved in specific jobs and make you more prepared for the world of work.