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Developing the Islands’ Future Workforce

Business people meet with Comhairle representatives

Following a ‘skills-demand’ survey earlier in the year, breakfast meetings were held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 to gather business people’s opinions on the opportunities and challenges arising in their sectors, especially in connection with recruitment, training and succession planning. There were simultaneously meetings in Barra, Harris and Lewis – meetings had taken place in Uist previously – with around 20 people from a range of sectors present. Among them were representatives from community groups, tourism and the arts.

Lively discussions took place and interesting opinions were voiced. Some of the requirements were specific to a certain area or sector, but there was a cross-sector demand for business skills, customer service, and Gaelic skills for both learners and fluent speakers. Sectors with particular growth potential were community trusts, construction and food production.

In 2018 seven Foundation Apprenticeship programmes will be on offer in senior phase in all island secondary schools delivered in partnership with employers and LCC/UHI. These will offer knowledge, skills, experiences and employer-recognised qualifications (at SCQF 6 – ‘Higher level’) in Childcare, Engineering, Business Skills, Creative Digital Media, IT Hardware, Food and Drink Operations, and Health and Social Care.

For further information please contact:

Iain Stewart, Developing Young Workforce Lead, e-Sgoil Stornoway, istewart1e@gnes.net, 01851 822 850

or

Theona Morrison, Skills and Enterprise, Grimsay, Uist, tmorrison1d@gnes.net, 01870 603 180

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