Lews Castle College UHI is celebrating Apprenticeship Week Scotland 2021 with a virtual event which will take place on Friday March 5 at 11am  

It has never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships. Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is a time to share the value apprenticeships can bring to individuals, employers and the economy. 

Throughout the week LCC UHI will be showcasing apprenticeships, the work the college do with local business, and the benefits that apprenticeships can provide to young talent, and the local economy.

The theme of this years Scottish Apprenticeship Week is Business Backing Talent, to showcase the great things that happen when employers back talent through apprenticeships.  

Head of Technology Roddy Ferguson said, “Businesses have had to adapt to challenging times during the global pandemic and so have LCC UHI. Apprenticeships have never been so important as a way for young people learn, achieve and progress with the support of business backing their talent.”

Holly O’Donnell is currently completing a ‘Social Services, Children and Young People Apprenticeship’ with LCC UHI at An Cotan nursery. She said, “I choose to do an apprenticeship as you are getting the needed experience in childcare and it is also a bonus to be getting paid alongside the learning. I am also provided with all staff training courses that I can take with me when I finish, and when I complete my apprenticeship, I will be a fully qualified practitioner.”

LCC UHI will be hosting a live event on Friday 5th of March at 11am where our staff will be available to answer any questions about apprenticeships. We welcome anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship to come along and find out more. 

To attend the virtual event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and the link to the event.

For more information about apprenticeships at LCC UHI visit – https://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/business/

For more information on about Apprenticeship Week Scotland visit – https://www.apprenticeships.scot/scottish-apprenticeship-week/





More than 70 students and staff members from around the University of the Highlands and Islands partnership will attend an online event to mark International Women’s Day on Monday 8 March. 

Staff have organised a conference to discuss gender equality in education, to celebrate the achievements of women across the university partnership and to investigate what else can be done to address challenges female staff may face. It will be the university’s fourth annual International Women’s Day event and the first to be held wholly online.

The free conference, which is open to anyone working in the education sector, will feature a range of staff, student and guest speakers. Ash Morgan, Vice-President for Further Education at the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, will open the day with a presentation about challenging the status quo to ensure all women are included in International Women’s Day celebrations. Dr Lois Gray, the university’s Academic Lead Developer for Engineering, will speak about women in engineering and Dr Natalie Jester, from the University of Gloucestershire, will deliver a keynote address on ensuring marginalised communities are represented in college and university curricula.

The university’s event is part of a wider campaign to mark International Women’s Day, which will include social media activity and the production of an e-book. The e-book, which will be published in May, will share the ways the University of Highlands and Islands promotes and supports gender equality and balance in education.

Alex Walker (pictured above) from the university’s Learning and Teaching Academy, is organising the conference. She said: “It has been great to see our International Women’s Day event evolve over the last four years. Each year the organising group considers a focus for the programme, with this year exploring our own learning and teaching practices, professional development and research in relation to gender equality.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr Natalie Jester as our keynote speaker who will explore the urgency of a representative curriculum in tertiary education. Recognising the potential for the topics to be of benefit to others, we are also working with colleagues to produce an e-book which will be openly published and which we hope will provide a useful resource for the sector. It is also important that we acknowledge the wider significance of International Women’s Day as being a day to celebrate women across the globe and critically reflect on what we can all do to challenge ongoing inequalities in and beyond education.”

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge, which highlights the importance of challenging gender bias and inequality and celebrating women's achievements.

To find out more, visit and www.internationalwomensday.com and www.uhi.ac.uk/learning-and-teaching-

Scholarship Fund applications for 2021/22 are now open!

Our Scholarship Fund aims to support students who are thinking of progressing their studies from HNC, HND, Year One and Year Two undergraduate degree level.

There are a limited number of scholarships worth £1,000 each to be awarded on the basis of a candidate’s potential to succeed and are intended to give the recipients a ‘helping hand’ in continuing their studies.

This could be used to assist you with rent or perhaps contribute towards materials required for your course.

Apply before Friday 30th April 2021: www.uhi.ac.uk/uhischolarshipfund