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

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.

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Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Tuesday 26th 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

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 25th May 2020

ISLAND RENEWABLES’ KEY ROLE IN COVID RECOVERY

The Comhairle’s Chair of Sustainable Development, Cllr Donald Crichton, is calling for the approval of the Western Isles Transmission Link. This development could potentially unlock £2 billion of investment in Western Isles projects. It could also contribute 500MW of green electricity generation, towards the UK’s drive for Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and create much needed jobs in the Western Isles..

Councillor Crichton commented “The Transmission Link and Wind Farms, already consented in the Western Isles, can help power Scotland to a cleaner economic recovery, in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis. The UK Energy Regulator, must now approve the Western Isles Transmission Link, to help Scotland and the rest of the UK, to emerge from the worst economic downturn in 300 years. .

We have shovel ready projects, consented and contracted to Grid, which have been delayed for years, by obscure regulatory blockages. With unemployment set to rise post-COVID and families facing unimaginable economic challenges, now is not the time, to be stalling on £2 billion of private investment, to deliver the Western Isles Transmission Link. We call on the Regulator and Government to take the necessary action.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Monday 25th May 2020

Fundraising CD for Macmillan

Last year Calum Martin and family were asked by Macmillan Cancer Support to put on a wee concert to help raise funds for us...so the family and some musical pals put on a great concert for us at our local Town hall.

After the concert Calum thought it would be a good idea to raise even more funds by recording a new album!

The album is now finished and ready for release on friday the 22nd of May

The album is called STOIRM and will be released under the band name THE O.L.C.O.T. E. CONNECTION

The album has been dedicated to a very special lady Catherine Martin (Calum's mother) who sadly passed away last year..her grandson Do Martin sings this special song"Feels like a storm"written in her memory and grandaughters Catherine Joan and Isobel Ann sing songs that were very close to her heart.

Some great singers and musicians have taken part to make this possible and we are grateful to them all.

There are a mix of tracks and styles of music which we hope will appeal to you all.

 

For more information please CLICK HERE

Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 22nd May 2020

ISLES MP WELCOMES “ROUTE MAP” TO EASING LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS

Isles MP Angus MacNeil, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s route map, to easing lockdown, which aims to move into Phase 1 on 28th May.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said: “The unpredictable nature of coronavirus makes it difficult to set exact timescales and we must take gradual steps to ensure the virus is kept under control. It is important to remember that we remain in lockdown and restrictions will not change before the 28th May.”

“Meanwhile together with Orkney Council Leader James Stockan, we have been having exploratory discussions, to develop testing with companies, who may offer cheaper and quicker testing. This would ensure Covid-19 is not in our communities, giving further confidence after lockdown is eased.”

Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Friday 22nd May 2020