Distilling gin. Designing brand graphics. Learning the ins and outs of managing a business. Getting to grips with engineering. All these skills – and more – are being mastered by young people in the Western Isles who are both studying and learning on the job thanks to apprenticeships at all levels.
Most people can remember the nerve- wracking occasion that was sitting their school exams, and for young people in the Western Isles, those memories will be especially fresh, with the final Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) exams at the end of May.
“It’s been an exciting couple of months for young musicians,” says Gavin Woods, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Music Development Officer.
When a crane, a gritter, and a classic car were all present in the playground of Sgoil a’ Bhac at the same time, passing locals knew something big must be happening in the village.
The Hebridean Celtic Festival is 11 years old this summer, but it didn't even enter my consciousness until 2003.
“It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright.” These words from a child – from a 2002 Child Protection Audit report, and still referred to in Scottish policy today – reflect the set- up of child protection in Scotland. In short: it’s everyone’s responsibility.
When e-Sgoil, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s digital learning service, launched in 2016, no-one could have predicted how fast it would grow – or how it would be making waves in education not just locally, but internationally, too.
“Idon’t really feel boxed in by any one approach,” says local singer-songwriter
Willie Campbell of his songwriting techniques. “Sometimes on long drives, that’s a good opportunity for melodies or lyrical patterns to come to me, but I don’t have any fixed way of doing it.”
With financial challenges hitting local authorities across the country, councils are having to get creative – and in the Outer Hebrides, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are getting communities involved in finding solutions to those challenges.
After a moving performance of the Gaelic song Eilean Fhraoich by dozens of school pupils singing and playing a multitude of instruments, the audience took to their feet for a standing ovation. The performance at Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais in Stornoway on 14th December was the hugely successful culmination of the first stage of Dileab...
Last autumn, when I was asked if I’d be interested in helping create a new website for Lewis writer Donald S. Murray, I immediately said ‘Yes’. I was already familiar with his work... but until I started my research I wasn’t aware just quite how accomplished the former English teacher from Ness is.