LOCAL engineering firm Ocean Kinetics has appointed a university graduate trainee as part of a new initiative called Futures which has been set up to highlight the crucial role young people play in the company and the wider community.
Ealasaid Nicleòid, a first-class honours graduate from the University of the Highlands and Islands, is the first female graduate to work in Ocean Kinetics’ mechanical and structural engineering department.
The 28-year-old’s main role in the company will be to evaluate a range of engineering software packages before choosing which platform to bring in-house.
Managing director John Henderson said introducing a graduate to the team was just the first of many strategic initiatives Ocean Kinetics is undertaking in its Futures campaign.
Other projects will include Q&A sessions with Ocean Kinetics’ staff, gifting sponsors with branded merchandise and supporting an engineering student with their education funding and living costs.
“We feel strongly about our community and its future and are reliant on the next generations to keep that sense of community alive,” Henderson said.
“As such, creating the right opportunities for Shetland’s young people has always been a key part of our business.
“College and university graduates and modern apprentices already make up a significant part of our incredibly talented team, and we want to make sure that that continues.”
Nicleòid said she was delighted to be joining the firm. “This is a great initiative by Ocean Kinetics and demonstrates its commitment to our future and to the future of the local community,” she said.
For many years, Ocean Kinetics has been sponsoring various local charities and sporting organisations, including The Swan Trust, Shetland Football Association, Spurs Hockey, Shetland’s Strongest Man – Dhanni Moar and Dogs Against Drugs.
Henderson added: “Going forward, Ocean Kinetics Futures is the umbrella under which all these initiatives will be recognised, and I very much hope that participants will be proud to be associated with the campaign.”
Ocean Kinetics will launch and seek applicants for its scholarship fund early in 2022.
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