Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 27th May 2020


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, has made additional allocation, within the Foundation Apprenticeship Programme, to meet the changing demand COVID-19, has brought within Education.

Foundation Apprenticeships provide appropriate underpinning knowledge, which will enable young people to progress, to modern and graduate apprenticeship programme, giving employment opportunities, within the local economy and nationally.

Additional spaces have been made available, on seven Foundation Apprenticeships. The apprenticeships are available to pupils entering S4 and S5 in 2020 - in Castlebay School, Sgoil Lionacleit, Sir E Scott School and The Nicolson Institute.

Opportunities are available in Foundation Business Skills, Creative & Digital Media, Engineering, Food and Drink Technologies, Social Services, HealthCare and Gaelic

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Skills and Children’s Services commented “
For each of the past five years, young people have left Western Isles schools, with SQA vocational qualifications at SCQF5. This is three times the national average. Foundation Apprenticeships are closing the gap, between the classroom and the workplace, with pupils realising the benefits of work-based learning. The apprenticeships also provide a new and innovative career pathway, which encourages more young people to stay on the islands, with the offer of a job closer to home.



Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Heritage Service, have been using photography, artefacts, archives and videos, to bring the collections of the Outer Hebrides to life. The items are posted on Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean social media pages, as part of the museum’s response to COVID-19.

In common with museums across the country, the doors to Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean are currently closed and staff have been busy cataloguing, archiving, and photographing objects and archives in preparation for re-opening, when government COVID-19 restrictions allow.



Pipers across Scotland, are invited to join a tribute to thousands of Scots, who were killed or captured during World War Two, at St Valery in France in1940.
A large number of men from across the Western Isles, were amongst those serving with the 51st Highland Division, when they were captured at St Valery on 12th June 1940. A large number of Western Isles men were subsequently Prisoners of War for 5 years
The battle of Saint-Valéry-en-Caux is being memorialised, by three leading Scottish Armed Forces charities, and pipers are being asked to play a leading role
On12th June this year, pipers throughout Scotland, will play the haunting pipers march, Heroes of St Valéry. Pipers, and other musicians, of all ages and abilities, are invited to download the sheet music and learn the piece over the coming weeks.
The tune Heroes of St Valery is available on



An Lanntair, the Stornoway arts centre, would like to commission two artists, to produce works to help re-design, some of the art centre’s spaces.

As An Lanntair look towards reopening, when government COVID-19 restrictions allow. Two current wall-based artworks in the café/bar area will be replaced

The arts centre welcome submissions from artists around any theme, and
In particular, those who would like to propose work based artwork,which they have developed during lockdown.

The proposal can be in any visual medium (such as printmaking, painting, collage
or photography)Deadline for entries is 26th June . More information available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.