An award-winning Aberdeenshire business has been praised by the local MSP for its achievements in international trade and the firm’s commitment to youth employment.
Oldmeldrum-based Flowline Specialists recently welcomed Aberdeenshire East’s Gillian Martin to its Colpy Way premises.
The politician’s visit followed the energy industry equipment manufacturer and service provider being presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in September last year.
Established in 2001, Flowline Specialists employs more than 50 staff at its premises in Oldmeldrum and Fyvie.
The equipment it designs, engineers and manufactures is used in the energy, subsea and renewable industries around the world to safely handle flexible pipes, umbilicals and cables.
Flowline regularly employs school leavers as apprentice technicians and engineers, with a number of its current staff having joined through this route.
During her visit, Ms Martin received a tour of the firm’s headquarters and met members of its staff, including some who have recently completed apprenticeships.
She was also shown some of the equipment that Flowline manufactures and supplies to clients in the oil and gas, subsea and renewable industries, including tensioners, linear cable engines and subsea turntables.
The SNP MSP, a member of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work committee at Holyrood, said: “I was delighted to visit Flowline Specialists and find out more about their operation, especially as they are one of a growing number of companies who have signed the Scottish Business Pledge.
“As well as paying the living wage, taking the pledge commits businesses to working towards eight other goals, including investing in youth.
“It is clear from Flowline’s apprenticeship programme that they already value the contribution young people can make to the development of a business.
“I’d encourage other businesses to follow their example.”
Jim Smith, Flowline’s chief executive, said: “Apprentices play an important role within our organisation.
“Not only do apprentices help sustain our skillset, they can also provide fresh thinking when it comes to delivering projects for our clients.
“Every business has a part to play in ensuring that their specific sector has a healthy ratio of young people working within it in order to avoid future skill shortages.”