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31/5/2019
£1 Million To Increase Employment Opportunities.with Digital Skills
People who are out of work and those on low incomes will be helped to develop digital skills in order to open up job opportunities.   The new £1 million Digital Start Fund will support those furthest from the job market to achieve their digital ambitions through specialist training.  
31/5/2019
New Flexible Career Pathways In Teaching
Strengthening career options for teachers to develop in the profession.   New ways for teachers and headteachers to progress their careers are to be adopted by August 2021.  
30/5/2019
Scottish Fiscal Commission highlights increasing risks for the Scottish BudgetThumbnail for article : Scottish Fiscal Commission highlights increasing risks for the Scottish Budget
The Scottish Government will need to manage volatility in its Budget as the devolution of tax and spending powers becomes fully operational, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission.   The Commission published its official five-year economic, tax and social security forecasts today (30 May 2019).  
30/5/2019
Bee Disease Confirmed
European Foulbrood (EFB) detected in West Lothian.   An outbreak of European Foulbrood (EFB) has been found in a colony of honey bees in an apiary in West Lothian.  
30/5/2019
Will It Be Tax Increases or More Budget Cuts?
Improving wellbeing, driving inclusive growth, tackling child poverty and combating climate change will be key Scottish Government spending priorities for the coming years.   Speaking as he published the Medium-Term Financial Strategy, which reflects the most recent forecasts from the Scottish Fiscal Commission (SFC) and sets out the economic and funding outlook for the next five years, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay outlined the impact that UK austerity is having on public finances.  
29/5/2019
Wick Town Centre Getting A Huge Clean UpThumbnail for article : Wick Town Centre Getting A Huge Clean Up
Wick town centre is set to sparkle following a deep clean of the High Street area.   The deep clean started on Monday morning and will be completed on Friday 31st May 2019.  
29/5/2019
Highland Council Rescue Plan For Caithness Horizons ApprovedThumbnail for article : Highland Council Rescue Plan For Caithness Horizons Approved
Re- opening on the horizon for Caithness.   Highland Council's Care Learning and Housing Committee today agreed a package of revenue and capital funding which is a major milestone towards the re-opening of Caithness Horizons, Thurso.  
29/5/2019
The Highland Council Apprentice Mechanics Class Of 2016-2019Thumbnail for article : The Highland Council Apprentice Mechanics Class Of 2016-2019
Apprentices Mechanics excel with Moray Firth Training.   Seven of our apprentices studying with Moray Firth Training have reached the end of their third year in style! The team have taken 11 exams each over the last 2 years with 79 distinctions (over 80%), 9 merits and 3 passes in total between them.  
29/5/2019
New entrants to farming industry get help from Scottish Government scheme.
More public sector land has been released to people who want to become farmers.   Around 6,400 hectares of land has been made available from public bodies such as Forestry and Land Scotland, Crown Estate Scotland, Scottish Water, Highland and Islands Enterprise, East Lothian and Highland Councils.  
29/5/2019
Highland Council shares ambitious Education Transformation strategy
The Highland Council's new Education Transformation programme is taking shape with various initiatives put in place to deliver better educational outcomes for young people, as detailed in a presentation to the Care, Learning and Housing Committee today (29 May 2019).   The Education Transformation programme has the dual purpose of improving outcomes for all children and young people whilst ensuring that resources are used wisely and efficiently.  
29/5/2019
Proposal to Establish a Gaelic Medium Catchment Area for Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso
Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on a proposal to establish a Gaelic Medium catchment area for Mount Pleasant Primary School.   The change is being proposed in line with Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Medium Education.  
29/5/2019
Highland on track to meet ELC expansion requirements by 2020
The national expansion of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) hours will see entitlement for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds increased from 600 to 1,140 hours per year from August 2020.   Every setting in Highland is being considered and assessed in preparation for full roll out in August 2020.  
29/5/2019
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 May 2019Thumbnail for article : Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 29 May 2019
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (May, 29th) sold 124 store cattle.   Bullocks (63) averaged 212.5p and sold to 256.7p per kg for a 335kg Blonde D'Aquitaine cross from Penick Farm, Auldearn, and £1,010 gross for a 48kg Shorthorn cross from Craigroy, Edderton.  
29/5/2019
£14 million fund to help Scottish firms compete globally.
Manufacturing businesses will be able to improve their productivity and upskill their workforce with support from a £14 million fund.   The Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund, which has scope to increase up to £18 million depending on demand, will invite public bodies, academic organisations and charities to enhance their existing equipment and training services with funding distributed through a competition.  
28/5/2019
Insulation Kings Working Flat Out 9.00am - 9.00pm As Far As Helmsdale And BoraThumbnail for article : Insulation Kings Working Flat Out 9.00am - 9.00pm As Far As Helmsdale And Bora
Insulation Kings are working in Thurso and surrounding areas , we offer Free Room In Roof insulation to Home owners who are off mains gas, have a room in roof (slopes coombes in upstairs room ) , fixed staircase leading to it then they will qualify.   This work will save up to 25% on annual energy bills & add value to property! All work is regulated and company is fully insured.  
27/5/2019
European Election 2019 Highland Results
Highland Council area result of 2019 European Parliamentary Election count.   The Local Returning Officer, Donna Manson has declared the result of the European Parliamentary Election for the Highland Council counting area in the Electoral Region of Scotland.  
27/5/2019
Highland Council secures largest ever Salix loan in Scotland to fund energy improvementsThumbnail for article : Highland Council secures largest ever Salix loan in Scotland to fund energy improvements
The Highland Council has secured a £3.5m interest-free loan from Salix Finance to invest in energy efficiency measures across the Council estate.  The loan, which is the largest Salix has awarded in Scotland, match-funds the Council's self-financing investments in energy efficiency to create a £7 million Energy Efficiency Fund.  
27/5/2019
Scottish Government urged to invest further to restore air services to Skye
The Scottish Government is being urged to step up its support for the restoration of scheduled air services operating from Ashaig Airport, Broadford, Skye by providing additional funding and asking Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd to take over the lead role in delivering the project.   The call comes from the Skye Airport Working Group, which comprises representatives of The Highland Council, who own the airport, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and HITRANS, the regional transport partnership for the Highlands and Islands.  
27/5/2019
Hospital Ban On Sale Of High-energy Drinks To Under-16sThumbnail for article : Hospital Ban On Sale Of High-energy Drinks To Under-16s
The sale of high-energy drinks to under-16s is being banned in hospital retail units.   The restriction will apply to drinks with an added caffeine content of more than 150mg/litre.  
27/5/2019
Business support for social enterprises
Social enterprises are to benefit from £5 million of new funding to enable them to access free specialist business advice.   The service gives one-to-one advice and workshops on specialist topics such as start-ups, business planning, marketing and pre-investment support.