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A new satellite hub of e-Sgoil at the old Carinish School building in North Uist has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.


Mr Swinney also met with the Comhairle’s new apprentices as part of their induction programme.


Mr Swinney said: “e-Sgoil shows the positive impact of digital technology on education in remote and rural areas by allowing all learners to access the curriculum in both English and Gaelic through online distance learning.


“I am delighted the Scottish Government is supporting this great project and we are committed to ensuring that all learners can experience an education enriched by digital technology – this is why we have published a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.


John Swinney officially opens new e-Sgoil satellite hub

17 August 2017

“It is also great to see the comhairle’s apprenticeship programme continuing to flourish, as part of our drive to ensure all of Scotland’s young people are fully and fairly supported into employment, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to meet the new apprentices.”


Angus McCormack education committee chairman said: “Research indicates that there is demand from young people for opportunities to study and work on the islands. e-Sgoil is significantly enhancing the use and availability of Gàidhlig and other subjects and widening the range of study options - both traditional and applied learning.


“Following the announcement by the Scottish Government in June regarding the launch of the Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, we are now in a position to provide new opportunities for young people to pursue positive destinations within the islands and in doing so, slowing population decline and strengthening the islands’ economy.


“We would wish to record our thanks to the Scottish Government for their continued support and also to the Deputy First Minister for his support and for taking the time to visit us today.”