Placement of the Year Winner 2015

Placement of the Year Winner 2015

The Placement of the Year Award, awarded by e-Placement Scotland in recognition of an outstanding student placement, was awarded to Mapix technologies Ltd.

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Leif Gehrmann, student of Heriot Watt University, worked with Mapix for three months using the skills learned on his computer science course to develop a web interface for the Routescene LidarPod, disruptive 3D mapping technology, gaining wide experience and business awareness.

Gert Riemersma, of Mapix technologies Ltd, said: “This was the first time we hired an
e-Placement student and our experience has been first class. e-Placement Scotland found the perfect student for us. Leif has excellent software development skills, a keen interest in GIS (Geographic information Systems) which has hugely helped his understanding of the product and what was required, plus a natural curiosity to make things work better. In fact, Leif has been so useful to the business that at the end of his placement, he continued to work for us whilst completing his studies, and has now accepted a full time position”.


Leif explained how he had a very rewarding time with the company: “Working at Mapix has
given me the opportunity to contribute to an important, visible front-end part of the product,
boosting both my confidence and expending my experience. Overall, I now understand that
being able to work and collaborate with co-workers in the office is an important element of
a placement and working life in general”.

Two runners up were also announced. One of them is Fuze Ceremonies and its sister company
The Wedding Fixers, a tech start-up that develops innovative wedding planner software.
They employed Bogdan Ilin, an Edinburgh Napier University student, to assist with the development of a web application and a future mobile app, starting at the design stage and being on the journey e-Placement Scotlandthroughout the application launch in May.
Morag Webster, of Fuze Ceremonies, said: “It has been an incredible experience for everyone in the team so far. Without the e-placement scheme, we would not have been able to develop our app and it hashelped us to make a step change in what we are doing. I cannot recommend this service highly enough, it is a great initiative”.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, an American multinational, biotechnology product development company,
were announced as the other runner up. The company created the role of ERP intern to allow each
essential business function to get the shared benefit of an additional resource at lower cost.

Donald McNeil of Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: “Our current ERP intern, Jamie Stephen,
has been providing essential back support for ERP activities, across four business disciplines
to allow other team members focus on projects. This has helped the teams improve their
operational and service level performance”.

e-Placement Scotland director, Sally Smith, thanked all the companies who entered the awards and offered congratulations to all the winners.

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