Comunn na Gàidhlig has, today, launched the 2011 Students Summer Placement Scheme, which will offer students the opportunity to work with businesses and organisations throughout Scotland.
The Scheme, which has been operating successfully since 2002, gives Gaelic-speaking students the opportunity to work with organisations engaged in Gaelic and community development activity. This gives students the chance to gain experience through working in an environment where they will hear Gaelic spoken and are enabled to speak and use it on a day to day basis. As well as valuable career experience, the Scheme also provides students with employment for ten weeks during the summer months. The Scheme is of great benefit to employers who are able to take advantage of the students’ skills for the benefit of their organisation.
In 2010, 25 students participated in the Scheme with Organisations in Lewis, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Skye, Inverness Glasgow and Edinburgh and amongst organisations taking part were The Scottish Parliament, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Ùrachadh Uibhist.
Donald MacNeil, Chief Executive of CnaG said, “As an organisation which appoints staff members from time to time, it is satisfying to come across applicants who have some practical experience in the workplace. Having experience in the workplace along with a Degree or other educational qualification is hugely beneficial to those seeking employment and this Scheme gives students the opportunity to gain that experience.”
Neil Ross, Head of Community Growth at Highlands and Islands Enterprise said, “One of the biggest challenges facing us in the Highlands and islands today is the creation of appealing and sustainable employment opportunities for our young people, to enable them to return to their own community on the completion of their studies. Although the positions offered on this Scheme are not permanent posts, they do provide the students with the knowledge and experience that there are good employment opportunities in their community, including Gaelic posts.”
Students who would like to take part in this year’s Scheme should send an application to, Comunn na Gàidhlig, 5 Mitchells Lane, Inverness. IV2 3HQ by 25 March 2011. For further information, and to download an application form, please click here.