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Delivering apprenticeships in Gaelic is at the heart of Skills Development Scotland’s new Gaelic Language Plan.

Launched 30 June it sets out how the skills agency will support Gaelic language and set targets for success.

It plans to deliver existing Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships in Gaelic where there is a recognised need, pointing to Health and Social Care and Childcare as well as the Creative Industries as areas of demand.

Other measures include working with partners to develop new resources including up-to-date Gaelic labour market information, utilising Gaelic staff resource to expand services in schools delivered through the medium of Gaelic, developing web resources and promoting Gaelic careers.

Derek MacKenzie, SDS Gaelic Development Officer, said: “This Plan sets out a formal structure for our support of the Gaelic language until 2020, with new initiatives and clear measurable targets that highlight Skills Development Scotland’s commitment to the Gaelic language and culture.

“We’ve had great successes since the first plan was published, showcased recently when we won the Scottish Gaelic Award for Best Event with our partners for our work on a series Gaelic career events.

“The focus on apprenticeships in the new plan is an important one, we want to ensure that young people are able to access the opportunities apprenticeships offer in a learning style that suits them and that will bring benefits to their future career.”

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body, focused on contributing to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills. 

SDS careers advisers work in every state secondary school in Scotland and from its careers centres and community venues across the country.

Find out more about apprenticeships and search and apply for vacancies go to

Find out more about SDS services in your area.

Read the Gaelic Language Plan.


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