Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be starting the 2021-22 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 10 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, 10 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 Barnie, based throughout the Islands, have also started training with us this year.


What our apprentices say:

“The college labs and workshops are really well equipped, and the lecturers and technicians are really experienced and helpful.  Our whole class are all really enjoying the course and getting a lot out of it as it will prepare us for going on-site in the near future to continue our apprenticeships at SVQ level 3”.   

 Adam Maclean – Engineering Apprentice with Harland & Wolff


This course is very enjoyable, and I have learned a lot from it. It will help me towards my future prospects.”

Charlie Morrison - Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with Alex Murray Construction


“I’m enjoying the range of new processes I’ve learnt

Duncan MacPhail, Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with O’Mac Construction


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”. 

 Find out more:

Lews Castle College UHI offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships in Business & Admin, Social Services, Engineering, Childcare and more.

For more information on becoming an apprentice email our Development Officer Murdo Smith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more about the Apprenticeships at LCC UHI - Business - Apprenticeships (uhi.ac.uk)

Island-based researchers at the University of the Highlands and Islands, are inviting likeminded researchers from across the world to join a new free seminar series starting on 7 October 2021.

The ‘Islands Matter' collaborative programme has been set up to strengthen the university's world-leading pan-island research activities and nurture global networking connections. Each seminar addresses a range of island-based economic and cultural topics and questions to facilitate new ways of thinking and collaborations by sharing learning and research between island communities.

Speaking about the new initiative Dr Andrew Jennings from the University of the Highlands and Islands Institute for Northern Studies, based in Shetland, said:  "It has been a pleasure to work with colleagues Professor Frank Rennie and Dr Beth Mouat to bring this new series to life.  

"As the only university with a physical base within each of Scotland's main islands groupings we have a unique ability to serve our island communities, and this includes playing an active role in connecting researchers who are based on Scottish islands with others.    

"The seminar series builds on the university's connectivity with other island groupings around the world and reaffirms the growing importance of research-driven island culture and historical contributions to global issues such as climate change, repopulation and sustainability."

The first webinar takes place on Thursday 7 October at 12 noon and features guest speaker James Ellsmoor, an entrepreneur, writer and sustainability expert who is one of the world's leading island voices.

Since graduating in 2018 with an MLitt in islands studies from the University of the Highlands and Islands Institute for Northern Studies, he has founded and is the director of Island Innovation, a global media platform which offers unique insights into island sustainability and is the creator of the Virtual Island Summit, which this year welcomed over 14000 attendees from over 500 islands.

Further speakers in the series include Dr Laurie Brinklow from Prince Edward Island, Professor Owe Ronstrom from Gotland and Professor Chik Collins the Principal of the University of the Faroe Islands. To find out more information and register to attend visit www.uhi.ac.uk\events

Lews Castle College UHI and Community Learning Hebrides, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Adult Learning team, with support from e-Sgoil are delighted to be working together on the new SpeakGaelic programme launching across Scotland later this month. As well as delivering SpeakGaelic classes, LCC UHI will also be training community tutors for delivery via the College and Community Learning Hebrides.

The collaboration will see SpeakGaelic delivered across the Outer Hebrides in the college, online and in local communities. Local classes are already planned for Ness, Lochs, Breasclete and Benbecula with more to come in 2022 to increase reach across the islands and beyond.

SpeakGaelic – a new, wide-ranging, multi-faceted learning opportunity which has been developed in partnership between MGALBA, BBC Alba and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, is being launched across Scotland in October 2021.

SpeakGaelic will offer users the option of face-to-face classes, self-guided online learning, and media content through a variety of platforms – or all three at the same time. As well as complete beginners, SpeakGaelic will be aimed at enabling lapsed or less confident speakers to use their Gaelic with confidence.