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 recently 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 virtually double capacity and is further supported by a €15m development grant from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

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."