The event was held in the foyer of the Lews Castle College

There needs to be a fundamental rethink of how society views certain jobs based on gender.

This was the message given today by Iain Macmillan, Principal and Chief Executive of Lews Castle College as he addressed the college’s Further Education End of Year Celebration.

“We tend to have this mindset in our society in general, probably more so here in the islands, that boys do certain jobs and girls do certain jobs,” said Mr Macmillan.

“And it’s rubbish.

“We need more men in care, more men in health and beauty, and we certainly need a lot more ladies in engineering and construction.”

That, he insisted, was why Lews Castle College existed - to help anyone who came through the door to discover what it was that they were good at.

Speaking to students assembled before him, Mr Macmillan said: “I hope that by being here with us, you have learned a bit more about yourself.

“Every single one of us has a place in community and society, and it’s up to us as a college to help you find out what that place is.

“I am extremely grateful for all those who work in the college who do what they can to make sure that they help you find that place.

“Everyone here is dedicated to helping you make the most out of all the opportunities available to you.

“I hope that whatever lies ahead of you as you leave here today, that you will remember us fondly.”

One thing he asked students to take from their time with the institution was to know that they had a place in this society and in this world.

“And if you ever find yourself in a position where you don’t know what that is, come back and see us,” he added.

“This place is not just for young people. It’s for everyone.

“We are here to provide opportunity.

“It has been a pleasure knowing you and watching you so obviously grow.”

Following the awards – which were held in the Lews Castle College reception area – students and invited guests enjoyed a buffet in the College cafeteria.

Lews Castle College Principal and Chief Executive, Iain Macmillan