Modern Apprenticeship Is Icing On The Cake
31st March 2003
A young Thurso man has become the first person in the Highlands, and only the second in Scotland, to achieve a Modern Apprenticeship in Craft Bakery.
Colin Gauld, who has been employed by Reid's Bakery at Riverside Place in Thurso since 1999, was presented with a certificate in recognition of his achievement at a ceremony in the Pentland Hotel today (Friday 28 March).
Now recognised as a fully qualified craft baker, Colin's working day finishes at 6am, long before most people are thinking about getting up, and involves producing a tempting range of bakery products, including cakes, doughnuts, bread rolls and pastries.
In addition to the training he received from his employer, Colin also had the support and assessment services of Graham Shewan of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB). SAMB, as the industry lead body, is responsible for ensuring all candidates meet the standards set for the qualification.
Funding for Colin's Modern Apprentice training was supplied by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE). Anne Sutherland, head of skills development at CASE said: "One of the attractions of Modern Apprenticeships is the ability of the individual to earn the going rate for the job while working towards a nationally recognised qualification in their chosen career.
"Colin's achievement is to be congratulated and is an example to others of how it is possible to develop a career and gain recognition for your skills."
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Businesses across Scotland engaged in the aquaculture sector are being encouraged to register their interest in attending a major international trade event in Norway by 21 April. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is leading the Scottish delegation, in partnership with Scottish Development International (SDI), to create the first Scottish Pavilion at the Aqua Nor technology trade exhibition in Trondheim in August.
More than 50 small firms in the Highlands and Islands involved in the life science and technology sector were given the opportunity to compete for a share of £400,000 of Scottish Government funding at an event yesterday (5 April). Share The local firms have all signalled their interest in a competition run by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) by attending a briefing at the HIE's An Lòchran building on the Inverness Campus in Inverness on Tuesday 4th April 2017.
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A Caithness distillery has embarked on a major expansion that will boost its turnover and international sales and create at least one new job. Dunnet Bay Distillery (DBDL) has secured a £64,000 contribution from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) towards the £248,000 development.
The Board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has welcomed Professor Lorne Crerar's report on proposed governance arrangements to support the outcomes of the Scottish Government's Enterprise and Skills Review. These recommendations would ensure that a HIE Board effectively remains in place.
Young people in Caithness and Lochaber will be among the first in Scotland to benefit from new Norwegian style learning centres. The centres are aimed at helping young people pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and digital (STEMD).
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Plans for a multi-million pound research and innovation campus in Stromness in Orkney are set to go ahead after the two organisations behind the venture agreed funding for the project. The 3.75-acre campus will support the growth of existing research and innovation activity and the expansion of companies in Orkney's world-leading marine renewables, energy and low carbon sector.
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