Two island women have become the first to achieve Modern Apprenticeship accreditation
as Harris Tweed weavers, a milestone for both the industry and the national Modern
Apprentice programme which has never previously accredited an individual in self-employment.
Jacqueline Craig and Anne Marie Henderson received their certificates from Cllr Alasdair
Macleod at an event held as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
Cllr Macleod commented: “I am very pleased to present these certificates today, this
project has tested new ground for Modern Apprentice delivery and we are proud to
“There has been a considerable joint effort here from those who conceived and funded
the project to the training officers involved in the co-ordination and delivery,
the assessors, the HTA, the community trusts and not least the mentor tutors and
trainees. Well done to all, we wish the trainees every success with their weaving
careers going forward.”
The Modern Apprenticeships were delivered as part of a wider project to support the
Harris Tweed industry.
Community trusts at Horshader and North Tolsta used revenue from their wind turbines
to purchase double-width looms with a view to creating locally based, flexible employment
opportunities. The new looms are leased to individuals living within the trusts’
First Modern Apprenticeships awarded in Harris Tweed weaving