The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning has announced that teacher training places offered by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) will double to 40 this year.
Mr Michael Russell, MSP, said: ““The demand to study teaching at UHI has been incredible, with applications outnumbering the 40 places now available by five to one, including seven places to teach through the medium of Gaelic.
“UHI has been hugely successful in offering quality higher education to many students across 13 campuses from Argyll to Scalloway using a combination of classes, tutorials and online learning. With its new responsibilities for funding and planning further education in the Highlands and Islands, UHI will have a key role in ensuring that learning across the region meets the needs of students and employers.
“The new agreement with Argyll and Bute Council will build on the successful partnership between UHI and Shetland Islands Council, Orkney Islands Council, Moray Council, Western Isles Council and Highland Council that encourages talented teachers in our rural and island communities. From September 2015 students will be able to access courses at Argyll College in Oban and Ionad Chaluim Chille IIe.”
Mr Russell also revealed that from August, UHI will be responsible for college funding in the region, to ensure decisions fully reflect local demand, and will introduce a partnership to offer teacher training with Argyll and Bute Council from 2015.