The University of the Highlands and Islands has launched a new consultation to gather views its fourth Gaelic Language Plan.

The consultation sets out the university's proposals to continue to enhance the status of Gaelic and reiterates a commitment to strengthen the position of Gaelic across the partnership in line with the aspirations and objectives included in the National Gaelic Language Plan and the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.

The public will have six weeks until the consultation closes on 24 December to share their views on the proposed plan.

The university was the first higher education institution in Scotland to develop a Gaelic Language Plan in 2010 and is keen to build on the achievements of previous plans by increasing engagement with communities to invite feedback.

Professor Todd Walker, the university's principal and vice-chancellor, said:"Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland's heritage, national identity and cultural life. As the only university based in the Highlands and Islands, we are committed to enhancing the status of Gaelic and promote its use through the learning opportunities we provide.

"I am proud of our achievements to date, which have seen us increase the visibility and audibility of Gaelic in our services to students, staff and the public, while making opportunities for Gaelic medium and Gaelic language learning more widely available. Our hope is that this new plan will build on these achievements and demonstrate the university's continuing commitment to the development and enhancement of Gaelic.

"Consultation is an important part of the process, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in the plan to share their views."

The draft plan can be viewed at

Feedback is welcomed until Friday 24 December 2021.

Lews Castle College Maritime Department will be offering the following Short Courses, at the Stornoway Campus. All one day classes run on Fridays, from 0900, to 1700.

Sea Survival/Personal Survival Techniques (£110) – 10th Dec, 7th Jan

STCW Elementary First Aid(EFA) (£110) – 21st Jan

(The three day “First Aid at Work” is available on request.)

RYA SRC / VHF (£150) – 12th Nov, 17th Dec, 14th Jan

Personal Safety, and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) (£100) – 19th Nov, 21st Jan

Arrangements can be made for additional courses, for group bookings of 6, or more, as and when demand dictates.


For additional details please contact:

Iain Angus Macaulay: Tel- 01851770287, iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view

Alistair Macleod: Tel-01851770284, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lews Castle College: Tel – 01851770000

Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be starting the 2021-22 academic year with more than 50 Modern Apprentices at the college.

These apprenticeships are part of a growing programme from LCC UHI to develop and support industry across the Outer Hebrides.

The college are working closely with local businesses as well as national training organisations like The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Enginuity & Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to create jobs and support industry in our islands.

The new intake this year sees 10 Engineering apprentices starting, five with Harland & Wolff at their Arnish facility, two with Macmillan Engineering, two with Energee Services Ltd in South Uist, and one employed by Lews Castle College UHI.

In addition, 10 new Electrical Installation apprentices and eleven new Carpentry & Joinery apprentices employed by local construction firms including; Neil MacKay & Co Ltd, Lewis Builders Ltd., FES FM Ltd., CalMax Construction Ltd, O'Mac Construction Ltd, Alex Murray Construction Ltd, CnES (shared apprenticeship scheme with McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd), Norserv, Macleod & Buchanan, A Campbell Electrical Services Ltd., Neil Campbell, and G&A Barnie, based throughout the Islands, have also started training with us this year.


What our apprentices say:

“The college labs and workshops are really well equipped, and the lecturers and technicians are really experienced and helpful.  Our whole class are all really enjoying the course and getting a lot out of it as it will prepare us for going on-site in the near future to continue our apprenticeships at SVQ level 3”.   

 Adam Maclean – Engineering Apprentice with Harland & Wolff


This course is very enjoyable, and I have learned a lot from it. It will help me towards my future prospects.”

Charlie Morrison - Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with Alex Murray Construction


“I’m enjoying the range of new processes I’ve learnt

Duncan MacPhail, Carpentry & Joinery apprentice with O’Mac Construction


These places are in addition to 23 Modern Apprentices at various stages, continuing their training with Lews Castle College UHI.

Roddy Ferguson, Head of Technology said: “Lews Castle College UHI are delighted to be supporting local businesses with their training and professional development requirements including Modern Apprenticeships which have seen strong growth this year across a range of disciplines. With our experienced staff & excellent facilities, the Technology Department at the college offers high quality training across the Engineering & Construction Sectors in the Outer Hebrides”. 

Albert Allan, General Manager at Harland & Wolff (Arnish) said: “Lews Castle College has been a fantastic partner in supporting Harland & Wolff through selection, course planning and delivery of our apprenticeship programme. Their team has good industry knowledge and skills, making it the ideal institution to develop our apprentices. A great example of academia and industry working together”. 

 Find out more:

Lews Castle College UHI offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships in Business & Admin, Social Services, Engineering, Childcare and more.

For more information on becoming an apprentice email our Development Officer Murdo Smith on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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