Thumbs up for course to help people move into employment

All 12 participants on an employability course held on the Isle of Skye have given very positive feedback saying that they have learnt new skills to help them when it comes to moving into employment. 

The five day course held in Kyleakin last week was aimed at supporting unemployed people prepare for work, specifically focussing on the job opportunities coming to the area following  the announcement that Marine Harvest are opening a new plant.

The course, commissioned by The Highland Council’s Employability Team, delivered in association with West Highland College UHI and Job Centre Plus covered a wide range of topics and provided many practical tips. These included sessions researching employment opportunities, building self-esteem and confidence, training on completing application forms and creating CVs, holding mock interviews and covering basic health and safety guidance.

At the end of the week all those taking part were presented with a SQA Certificate in Employability Skills and an RYA Certificate in Maritime First Aid. They also had an opportunity to meet with a representative from Marine Harvest to discuss the job opportunities expected when the plant at Kyleakin opens.

Positive comments from the participants include: 

“Before I came on the course I struggled to do a cover letter with my CV I am a lot more confident now with myself for interviews and expressing myself.”

“Excellent course, helped with my CV and cover letter and updated my skills.”

“The course spiked interest and motivation in me and in the others on it.”

Jane Ivetic, Employment Support Adviser with the Council’s Employability Team said: “This partnership approach to providing the course has proved to be very successful so I would like to thank West Highland College UHI and Job Centre Plus for their support and the efforts of everyone involved in delivering this tailor-made course.

“We’d also all like to thank everyone who came along for their hard work and positive attitude and we wish them the best of luck when applying for jobs in the future.”

For further details of The Highland Council’s Employability Service please contact



27 Mar 2018