ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION FOR FOUNDATION APPRENTICESHIPS
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.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 27th May 2020
INCREASE FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT FUND
The Scottish Government’s Business Support Fund, has been increased, to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.
This extra funding will be split between, the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, and the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, which has increased by £10 million. Both funds closed to applications on 18 May.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy Fiona Hyslop said: “We are listening to what businesses need. Following the First Minister’s announcement earlier this month, that the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, would double to £90 million to meet demand, we will now add a further £30 million to help as many businesses as possible, survive these incredibly difficult times.
“Our creative, tourism and hospitality sector, is one where we know there are particular pressures, so we have also increased this fund.
“These funds are supporting businesses the length and breadth of Scotland and continue our commitment to ensure every penny of the additional business money, that has come to Scotland is passed on to support our economy.
“Crucially, we are also focusing our efforts to help those who are not captured by the UK government schemes.”
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 26th May 2020