A first-of-its-kind Charter outlining a commitment to creating employment opportunities and improving support in the Western Isles will be signed by Frank Mitchell who chairs Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Chief Executive Malcolm Burr ahead of this year’s Convention of the Highlands and Islands today in Inverness (Monday 28 October).

Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse will also be in attendance to celebrate this new partnership approach to education and skills in the Western Isles.

The new Charter outlines a commitment between the Comhairle and SDS to deliver a more joined-up approach to education, employment and skills across the Islands.

School leavers will be given the best incentive to stay in the region through the combined offer of an apprenticeship and housing, enabling them to earn, learn and live in the Islands.

By encouraging more people to stay in the Western Isles, the Charter will support local businesses and the wider economy.

A new ‘joined-up’ approach to local services will come from the agreement, including the development of a new "Hub Facility in Stornoway" which will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for local careers and employability services, as well as investment in new digital services for those in more remote areas.