Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and partners today published the 2017 Apprenticeship Programme, with an extensive list of over 40 apprenticeships available from the Butt to Barra, across a wide range of sectors and departments.

These new posts are LIVE on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

Community apprenticeship engagement evening events will take place over the next two weeks as follows:

Tuesday 20th June - Tarbert Community Hall - 7pm-9pm
Wednesday 21st June - Stornoway Town Hall - 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 27th June - Castlebay Community Centre - 7pm-9pm
Wednesday 28th June - Balivanich Hall - 7pm-9pm

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people from the Butt to Barra to earn whilst they learn, and very importantly - to do so in their own areas. This ties in very well indeed to the Comhairle’s aims to reverse depopulation, provide our people with the opportunity to remain in their communities, whilst also contributing to the economy.

"I would encourage those who speak Gaelic and also those who have a particular interest in land management and crofting to express their interest in these apprenticeships. I would reiterate that the apprenticeships are open to anyone, not just young people, and anyone who feels that they may be interested should visit the www.myjobscotland.gov.uk website and search for the category “Modern Apprenticeships/Trainee” where they will receive all the information on the Comhairle’s Apprenticeships posts."

Cllr McCormack added: “The Comhairle is committed to workforce planning and having a sustainable platform for the future, to help our communities and our islands to flourish and we will continue to work hard to ensure that we achieve these aims.”