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National Initiative Seeks to Provide Better Opportunities for Young People

BUSINESSES and schools in the West Highlands joined forces last week in a bid to give a head start to young adults who have their eyes set on finding work.

Developing Young Workforce (DYW) West Highland is part of a wider national initiative seeking to provide more and better opportunities for employers and young people. Acting as a ‘broker’ between schools and companies who are hiring, DYW and Skills Development Scotland set up a series of events, allowing students to learn more about the types of jobs which may be available to them. Representatives from BSW and SSE, Marine Harvest and Lochaber Smelter, Highland Green Energy, Loch Ness Guest House, Robertson Construction Ltd, Campbell Stewart Maclennan and Co, Mackenzie and Maclennan Garage, D A Maclennan and DM Sinclair visited schools around the area from March 6 to March 10 to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week.  Jennifer Teague, a careers adviser for Skills Development Scotland, said: ‘At Plockton High School, local employer Donald MacLennan and joinery apprentice Scott MacLennan gave a great insight into how to find an apprenticeship and what’s involved.’ Fraser Mackintosh, a pupil at Mallaig High School, said Danielle MacTavish, HR adviser at the aluminium smelter, was a very interesting speaker, and added: ‘We now have a much better understanding of her job’.  For further information contact

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