As part of the annual Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is hosting a series of events to demonstrate how apprenticeships work for businesses, individuals and the economy.

There is commitment to supporting more Modern Apprenticeships as well as the introduction of Foundation and Graduate Level Apprenticeships. One of the aims is to encourage employers to take on apprentices. 

The week will also showcase the successes of apprentices who have chosen to get a job, get paid and get qualified to develop their careers.

Employers, school pupils, colleges and training providers as well as interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the events.  

Employers are encouraged to advertise any current or future apprenticeship vacancies during Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Drop-in sessions for the exchange of ideas and information are as follows:

Venue:  e-Sgoil, 44 Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2NF

Dates & Times: Monday 6th March - 12.00 - 5.00 pm

                        Tuesday 7th March - 12.00 - 7.30 pm

                        Friday 10th March - 10.00 - 12.30 pm

Sir E Scott School – Training Providers and SDS Careers will be meeting senior pupils on Friday 10th March.

Cothrom is promoting Apprenticeships during the week, please check their website

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, said: “It is imperative that we take responsibility for ensuring that all of our employers can source highly skilled workers in the Western Isles.  This is not about getting large numbers of people through generic apprenticeships to ensure good statistical returns – this is about carefully planning our workforce needs and taking the time and money to get the right people into the right apprenticeships.

"In 2016/17 the Comhairle took on its widest range of apprenticeships with the widest range of qualifications ever, including a Social Work Degree, IT qualifications, and qualifications in Renewable Engineering and in Accountancy.  This approach has encouraged young people, including those who already hold a significant number of Highers, to see these apprenticeships as a viable career option.  

"As a bilingual authority, the Comhairle is also providing apprentices with the opportunity to improve and develop their skills in the Gaelic language with dedicated tutor time."