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If you are still pondering the ‘new you’ for 2022, Lews Castle College may have the answer.

The college has a huge range of evening classes and courses up to post-grad level to help people from all backgrounds to upskill and sharpen their CV.

Part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the college is kicking off 2022 with a raft of courses and free classes to support local communities.

Head of Curriculum Dr Barbara Keating commented: “The college is dedicated to developing courses to support our local community and economy. Our January offering reflects this with the wide range of courses on offer. 

“These range from evening classes to a series of free courses directly aimed at providing new upskilling opportunities for people. We are all very aware of how difficult the last two years have been. We want to support those affected by the pandemic by offering new and exciting career development for all.”

It all gets underway soon, so if you are looking to develop your skills or make a career change, get in touch with the college to secure your place.

Among the courses is a new professional cookery course commencing in February. This is a seven-week course on putting the wow factor into your desserts, baking, and pastries. Classes are held each Wednesday from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Lews Castle College UHI training kitchen.

Students will receive instruction in many areas of sweet making, from basic pastry work to more elaborate desserts. The course will also look at the use of seasonal ingredients in a wide range of classic and contemporary recipes. And give students some pro presentations tips. The course costs £100.

However, if finances are a bit tight at this time of year, there are free courses to tempt you along your self-development journey.

These are delivered via the wider UHI campus and include a comprehensive range of options to upskill, reskill and retrain to help meet the challenges of today’s economy.

And brand new for 2022 is a ten-week astronomy course supporting the college’s partnership with An Lanntair’s Dark Skies Festival.

This astronomy and space science evening class is pitched to beginners who want to know more about the night sky.

The course at the Stornoway campus will introduce students to the stars and planets and how best to observe them. 

Also covered by the course is space exploration and the large-scale structure of our galaxy and the universe. Weather permitting, it is planned to have a number of outdoor star-gazing sessions.

There’s no need for any prior knowledge about the subject. The cost is £110.

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