Glen McLellan is a member of the DYW Orkney Regional Group Board and is the General Manager (UK) for National Oilwell Varco.
“I left school as soon as I had finished my exams in fourth year to work in farming. From there I gained a three year apprenticeship with Oxy on the Flotta oil terminal followed by stints as a project engineer for power generation projects based in Singapore, then setting up and running CESS in Stromness for Mike Craigie.
“Following that I spent a year with North of Scotland Water Authority as a Project Engineer before joining the team at the Orkney Water Test Centre (OWTC) in 2000 also as a Project Engineer. I worked my way up through the ranks there to take over the operational management of it in 2005. Since then we have been acquired a couple of times and I am now responsible for the UK operations of Wellstream Processing.”
Why did you become involved with DYW Orkney?
“The reason that I have become involved in DYW Orkney is that having left school with only a handful of ‘O’ Levels, I strongly believe in the value of structured vocational training and hands on experience as the best way to give young people the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“It is very difficult to find qualified experienced personnel locally for many sectors of industry and I see DYW Orkney being an important driver for helping to make the connection between both the local academic organisations and the local businesses to open up the opportunities that exist within Orkney without having to go away to University and settle for a job ‘South’.”