Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 1st June 2018

Welcome to Argyll and Bute Council’s weekly news round-up. 

Thank you for reading it. If you have ideas on how we could make it more useful for you, we’d love to hear them. Please let us know by emailing

Focus on: Graduate teachers offered support secondary teachers in Argyll and Bute

Graduates living in Argyll and Bute are being offered financial support to become fully qualified secondary school teachers without the need to move away from the area.

Argyll and Bute Council has been working in partnership with the Universities of Dundee and the Highlands and Islands, to agree a programme, subject to approval by the General Teaching Council of Scotland, which will see student teachers based in local schools over an 18 month period.

The training, which is funded through a Scottish Government bursary scheme, will enable students to study from home and to spend a substantial time in class under the guidance of a mentor.

Subjects currently being offered are chemistry, computing, home economics, maths and physics – all of which are experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers across Scotland.

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and will be fully registered secondary teachers, able to immediately apply for teaching posts.

Read more on our website.

Did you know?

Who’s at the door? Police Scotland has launched a campaign advising people how to recognise doorstep criminals and bogus callers.  #WhosAtTheDoor.


Dunoon Queens Hall on track for summer opening: Dunoon’s Queens Hall is on track to host its first public event on Saturday, July 28, after a £12million project to transform the historic building.

Apprentice mechanic is excelling in her career: A young woman from Campbeltown is excelling in her career as an apprentice mechanic with Argyll and Bute Council, having just passed her Cat C HGV driving test.

Algae bloom warning at Loch Awe: Enjoy the sun and the stunning scenery we have to offer in Argyll and Bute, but please avoid contact with the water at Loch Awe at the moment due to a current algal bloom.

Council achieves highest level of cyber security: Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded the UK’s highest level of cyber security accreditation after independent assessors carried out thorough tests on computer systems.

Helensburgh schools team up with Children's University: Schools across Helensburgh and Lomond are teaming up with the Children’s University Scotland to try and encourage young people to take part in exciting learning activities outside school hours.

More time needed to review large response to Helensburgh Waterfront consultation: A special meeting of Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee has been re-scheduled to allow officers and councillors extra time to examine and consider more than 1300 responses to the Helensburgh Waterfront pre planning public consultation.

Work with us

Argyll and Bute is a beautiful place to live, visit and work. And we have a range of current job opportunities that could be right up your street.

Posts available right now include assistant community support worker; employee relations officer; catering assistant, business support team leader and trainee purchasing officer.

To find out more please visit My Job Scotland.


How should decisions about local services be made? Let the council’s Chief Executive and his team know what you think at one our Big Listen events that are taking place across Argyll and Bute.

Your views will influence a national review that could affect anyone who uses or delivers public services.

Flood Risk Management: SEPA is running a consultation on Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) for Flood Risk Management in Scotland.

Find out more and have your say on Simplified Planning Zones: Events highlighting plans to remove the need to apply for planning consent when building new homes will be held in Mull and Lochgilphead in June.

Next edition 

Our next news round-up will be issued on Friday 8 June 2018.