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Lews Castle College UHI are starting the academic year with more than 50 Modern Apprentices at the college.

These apprenticeships are part of a growing programme from LCC UHI to develop and support industry across the Outer Hebrides.

The college are working closely with local businesses as well as national training organisations like The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Enginuity & Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to create jobs and support industry in our islands.

The new intake this year sees ten Engineering apprentices starting, five with Harland & Wolff at their Arnish facility, two with Macmillan Engineering, two with Energee Services Ltd in South Uist and one employed by Lews Castle College UHI.

In addition, ten new Electrical Installation apprentices and eleven new Carpentry & Joinery apprentices employed by local construction firms including; Neil MacKay & Co Ltd, Lewis Builders Ltd., FES FM Ltd., CalMax Construction Ltd, O'Mac Construction Ltd, Alex Murray Construction Ltd, CnES (shared apprenticeship scheme with McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd), Norserv, Macleod & Buchanan, A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd., Neil Campbell, and G&A Barnies, based throughout the Islands have also started training with us this year.

These places are in addition to 23 Modern Apprentices at various stages, continuing their training with Lews Castle College UHI.

Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology said: “Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be supporting local businesses with their training and professional development requirements including Modern Apprenticeships which have seen strong growth this year across a range of disciplines. With our experienced staff & excellent facilities, the Technology Department at the college offers high quality training across the Engineering & Construction Sectors in the Outer Hebrides”. 

Albert Allan, General Manager at Harland & Wolff (Arnish) said: “Lews Castle College has been a fantastic partner in supporting Harland & Wolff through selection, course planning and delivery of our apprenticeship programme. Their team has good industry knowledge and skills, making it the ideal institution to develop our apprentices. A great example of academia and industry working together”.