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Published Date: 

6 Jul 2012 - 15:22

Tiree’s first 16+ Learning Choices event took place on 31 May at the An Talla community hall in Crossapol.  Forty-six young people attended to find out about training and further education opportunities which would be available when they leave school. They also discussed issues young people face growing up on Tiree and living in rural and remote communities.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Lead Councillor for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Breslin said, “This event highlighted the opportunities available to young people including the possibility of furthering their education whilst remaining on Tiree. Technology allows us to study and work from almost anywhere in the world and courses provided by Argyll College and the University of Highlands and Islands and other learning providers are becoming more and more accessible. Distance learning will allow rural, remote and island communities to retain their young people whilst still allowing them to access and participate in lifelong learning.

“Thank you to everyone who travelled over to Tiree for the event. We realise it is a long journey and very much appreciate everyone’s input and effort.”

Representatives from Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Project Trust, Argyll College, The Oban Times, Skills Development Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and Scottish Power Renewables were all in attendance.

The event provided a series of workshops where the young people learned about writing CVs, skills development, engineering and teamwork.

Ralf Thornton from Scottish Power Renewables spoke about careers in renewables, and Lisa Moyes, from Sabhal Mor Ostaig, discussed the opportunities available within the Gaelic sector in Scotland.