Experienced advisers from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will now be available at Stornoway's Jobcentre Plus (JCP) two days a week, offering support for local job seekers.

Earlier this year, JCP began hosting drop-in sessions with SDS advisers at the Castle Street centre on Tuesday mornings. These sessions helped people attending JCP access additional advice and support from the SDS advisers on everything from writing a CV to the local labour market.

Because of the success of the sessions, this service has been expanded to two days a week. Advisers will now be available at the Jobcentre on Monday mornings and Tuesday mornings, from 10am until 1pm on both days.

The service is open both to those with existing appointments at JCP on Monday and Tuesday mornings and other local people keen to get advice and support.

Murdo DA Macleod, a Personal Adviser at Skills Development Scotland’s Stornoway centre, said: “The drop-in sessions at Jobcentre Plus have been a huge success and, due to demand, we are now offering these two days a week.

"By working with Jobcentre Plus, we are able to offer a one-stop shop for job seekers in the area.

"Our experienced staff can offer advice and support on a range of different areas, including local employment and training opportunities, interview tips and how to write a CV. I would encourage anyone looking for support to stop by."

SDS is Scotland's national skills body, with careers advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland.

The Stornoway careers centre, located at 30 Francis Street, is open from 9:30am until 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment on Fridays.

Customers can get information and advice covering areas including jobs, the local labour market, training courses and apprenticeships.

Call to make an appointment at the centre on 01851 708 900, or follow the SDS Western Isles Facebook page for updates