There are lots of fantastic employment opportunities in the Western Isles – as an upcoming event is setting out to prove.

The Lewis and Harris Local Industry and Jobs Fair, hosted by national skills body Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Developing the Young Workforce Outer Hebrides, will bring together almost 50 employers from a range of industries to showcase the range of job options available.

The event takes place on Tuesday 26 March, from 1:45pm to 5pm, at Ionad Spòrs Lèodhais/Lewis Sports Centre, Stornoway.

From telecoms to policing, social care to the media, this industry-focused event will give people of all ages the chance to see what the local area has to offer.

With a marketplace-style exhibition hall and interactive workshops, the Local Industry and Jobs Fair promises to give an alternative view to employment on the islands.

Open to school pupils, parents and carers, and anyone locally with an interest in exploring their career options, the event is the ideal opportunity to meet with local employers and find out more about what they do. 

Anthony Standing, Head of Region for the North of Scotland at SDS, said: “It’s a common misconception that you have to head to the mainland to further your career, but we know that there are many exciting opportunities here in the Western Isles.

“There are lots of great jobs available with employers across a wide range of industries, including a range of apprenticeships that help you learn while you earn.

“The Lewis and Harris Local Industry and Jobs Fair will give local people the chance to see what’s out there – and discover how to get involved.”

Some of the employers confirmed to attend include BT, O’Mac Construction, Police Scotland, Harris Distillery and MG Alba. Representatives from industries including agriculture, food and drink, automotive, graphic design, travel and transport will also be present. See a full list at the SDS Western Isles Facebook page.

SDS’s advisers will also be available to offer advice and support, and to discuss the services on offer from their Francis Street centre.

Councillor Angus McCormack, Chair of the Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee, welcomed this collaboration between employers, SDS, schools and the local authority. He said: “It promises to be a fantastic event and one that will be of significant benefit to our young people.”

Debra Nichol-Storie, HR Director at The Scottish Salmon Company and Chair of DYW Outer Hebrides, said: “The Outer Hebrides are home to a wide variety of employers, with lots of ways for local young people to get into employment and contribute to the islands’ economy.

“Not only will the event let local young people discover what’s available to them, it gives employers the chance to meet the next generation of workers. I am confident that the Lewis and Harris Local Industry and Jobs Fair will be a huge success for business and individuals alike.”

Entry to the event is free of charge, but locals are encouraged to register their interest online at

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

Stornoway’s SDS centre is located at 30 Francis Street and is open from 9:30am to 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 1:30pm to 4pm on Fridays.

Customers can get information and advice covering areas including career choices, jobs and apprenticeships, the local labour market, training and learning, CVs and interview preparation.

Further career information and advice is available online via SDS’s award-winning career web service

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