Local training opportunities

These are some of the courses in the pipeline for the new year:

A Business Start Up course  (likely the very end of February) – course content and dates and times are still flexible, so if you think you would like to take advantage of this free course please contact Corinne as soon as possible.  This may also be relevant to businesses who have already started but want some help putting together business plans for future development.  Cost: free.    Time:  one to 1.5 days

Basic work related courses:   for example Food Hygiene, First Aid, etc.   If there are 6 people needing to do any of the Orkney College Short Courses then these may be able to happen on Westray.  The new Learning Centre Coordinator will be contacting local businesses to find out what your training requirements are for the next year.

Evening self study group (for people doing ECDL or any distance learning).  This can start when the new internet connection and computers have arrived for the Learning Centre

Drop in sessions for Ipad learners and anyone needing help getting online

Other courses – contact the new WDT Learning Centre Coordinator to discuss (through the WDT office).   Things like SAGE accounting, manual handling, or recreational and leisure courses (genealogy online, digital photography, etc) have all been suggested already.

CDO

The Board of the Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Corinne for her hard work and support over her years working for the Trust as both Waste project manager and Community Development Officer, and to wish her all the best for the future.

“New Venture” for Westray

The trust are pleased to announce that they have offered a loan of £60,000 to two young fishermen to help them take ownership of their first fishing boat (the refurbished “Kelly T”, which will be renamed “New Venture”).  The loan is being adminstered by trust partners Developing Strathclyde Ltd (DSL-Business Finance) as they are a community development finance association with the expertise to manage loans.  This loan is part of a programme of “community regeneration”, as it not only provides secure employment for young folk to remain on Westray, but will also provide catch for the Westray Processors crab processing factory.  With many of the local fishing boat owners approaching retirement, it was important to encourage young people into the industry.