This article by Katie Macleod was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 06/09/2018

From apprenticeships to workplace visits, initiatives to get young people in the Western Isles ready for the world of work are being implemented in a wide variety of ways.

It’s all part of the national policy known as Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), which aims to better prepare children aged 3-18 for their working lives.

“It’s a national initiative, but there’s a lot going on locally,” says Donald Macleod, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Senior Education Officer, adding that the work begins in nursery and progresses through primary into secondary school.

This article was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 02/08/2018

The rapid rise in the number of apprenticeships across the Islands is one of the success stories of Community Learning and Development within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, says HM Inspector Alona Murray in a report issued on Monday July 23rd

Community Learning and Development (CLD) partners within Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the area of Lewis and Harris were inspected by Education Scotland during May and June this year. 

This article by Katie Macleod was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 02/08/2018

Scotland’s themed Year of Young People in 2018 aims to inspire the country through its young people’s ideas, attitudes, and ambitions, and in the Outer Hebrides, the summer has been packed with ‘Year of Young People’ activities featuring everything from sports competitions to tea parties – and there are even more exciting events lined up for the months to come.

The summer fun kicked off at the beginning of June with an intergenerational tea party hosted at Lews Castle by S2 pupils and the Lewis and Harris Youth Council, in conjunction with local care homes.

This article was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 02/08/2018

Angela Buchanan was voted Childminder of the Year for the Western Isles for 2018.

Annually, May is childminding month when the Early Years Partnership promotes childminding as a career.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/03/2018

As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 5th-9th March, an apprenticeship fair was held in Stornoway Town Hall to advertise the benefits and opportunities of apprenticeships to young people in the Outer Hebrides. 

The event was just one of many happening across the country, as part of an annual awareness campaign organised by Skills Development Scotland, which administers funding for apprenticeships on behalf of the Scottish Government.