In conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are offering an opportunity to students with Gaelic skills to be employed for 10 weeks during summer 2020 in the Western Isles with organisations which use Gaelic in the workplace every day. These 10 weeks can take place anytime over the summer, but the placement must be completed by 28 August, 2020.

This Scheme has been running for many years, and has been very successful in terms of developing the Gaelic skills of students, and giving them valuable experience of a professional work environment. From the point of view of the organisations, the Scheme can give them an opportunity to hire students to work on specific projects, work which would not be possible to do without the assistance of these students. 

Information about the Scheme:

  • The students must be in higher education (at university or in college)
  • The students must have some Gaelic speaking, reading and writing skills
  • The students must be intending to return to higher education in autumn, 2020
  • The Gaelic organisations must pay the Living Wage to the students (£9.30 per hour)
  • The students must work at least 30 hours per week on their placements, and
  • If possible, we recommend that priority be given to students who have not been on a placement scheme previously

If you are a student with Gaelic skills, who will be in the Western Isles over summer, 2020, and you wish to apply for the Scheme, please fill in the application form on the Comhairle website at:

The closing date for applications is 27 March, 2020.