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Employers in the construction sector across the Western Isles have been drawing attention to the difficulties which they have in attracting enough people to work for them. 

They emphasise the wide range of skills required, the opportunities for young people to start in the industry, and the opportunities ahead for anyone succeeding in this environment. 

Now Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is drawing attention to the Construction training opportunities still available at Lews Castle College UHI.

In a statement issued yesterday (Tuesday June 1) CnES says Lews Castle College UHI has spaces available on a variety of courses within the Construction & Engineering sectors at pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship level which can support students on to employment or further education.

Construction apprenticeships combine practical work experience with classroom education providing the best basis for a career in the construction industry.

The Western Isles has a strong construction sector with local contractors in need of dedicated young employees to strengthen their workforces.

UHI LCC’s Technology Department offers state of the art facilities with dedicated workshops that offer students a unique learning experience and well-established connections with local businesses.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Apprenticeship Manager, Dolina Smith said: “The construction apprenticeships delivered by Lews Castle College UHI offer an entrance into a diverse range of roles within the construction sector. I would encourage any individual interested in a career in construction to register an interest with Lews Castle College UHI.

“Working alongside Lews Castle College UHI and SDS (Skills Development Scotland) the Comhairle’s Accredited Skills and Training Team will be able to provide advice and guidance to ensure the best possible route to an apprenticeship through work experience opportunities, pre-apprenticeships and careers support.”

To register an interest with the accredited skills and training team and find out the options available for entrance into the construction industry please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology at LCC UHI said: “Lews Castle College UHI supports the local construction industry by providing a realistic work setting where apprentices are taught by experienced tutors whilst gaining key trade & employability skills and knowledge in a safe and supportive environment.

The college's range of pre-apprenticeship courses provide the ideal preparation for progression into a range of Modern Apprenticeships in Construction. To find out more visit the course pages at https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/courses/ or to speak to someone to discuss your options please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For further information on construction apprenticeships visit CITB’s website here: https://www.citb.co.uk/courses-and-qualifications/citb-apprenticeships/become-a-citb-apprentice/