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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 be involved.


“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’ catchment areas.

First Modern Apprenticeships awarded in Harris Tweed weaving  

8 March 2017

Jacqueline Craig and Anne Marie Henderson