The Underwater Centre and BSW Timber Ltd: Helping to Inspire Local Young Minds

We organise employer engagement with education to provide young people with an insight into the world of work and the opportunities that are available across a variety of sectors within the West Highlands.

11 pupils from Mallaig High School recently benefited from visiting the world’s leading subsea training and testing company, The Underwater Centre, and the most technologically advanced forest product company in the UK, BSW Timber Ltd. Many of the pupils were unaware of the career opportunities that both businesses can offer.

The Underwater Centre gave the eager young group a tour of their unique training environment. They were able to explain the wide range of worldwide careers from commercial diving to ROV pilots.

“I am now really keen on pursuing diving for a career.”

Commenting on the enjoyable trip to The Underwater Centre, Kristers Tridubs, an S6 pupil at Mallaig High School, said: “It was a great experience. It was informative and had lots of variety – I enjoyed the tour round the building and the presentation provided lots of information. Trying out the ROV simulator was a real highlight and seeing an actual dive take place. I am now really keen on pursuing diving for a career. The staff were friendly and welcoming. All in all, it was a really enjoyable visit.”

 “We hope to see some of the pupils next year during our apprentice interview process.”

Ewen Smith, Engineering Manager, BSW Timber Ltd, said after the site tour: “It is always a pleasure to work with DYW West Highland to hopefully spark some ideas in young people’s heads about their future careers. We hope to see some of the pupils next year during our apprentice interview process.”

No matter what a young person’s academic background is, both employers reiterated that a good work ethic is what they look for the most from young people.

Support from employers is invaluable to retaining young talent in the area, and it can help provide that light bulb moment that encourages a young person into seeking a positive destination after they leave education

For more information regarding how businesses and education can get involved with DYW activities, please contact the DYW West Highland team on: or 01397 705 765