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New job opportunities for Gaelic graduates

20 March 2012

Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG) is currently seeking applications from Gaelic-speaking graduates who wish to work in areas of Gaelic development. CnaG is also looking for organisations engaged in Gaelic development wishing to provide a year-long placement for a graduate.

The Scheme, which is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, allows talented young Gaels take a first step into the workplace, providing them with a year-long placement, enabling them to access a wide range of Gaelic-related career opportunities and to work in a Gaelic environment. The Scheme provides the graduates with a salary of £17k and they also have the opportunity to attend a 5-day residential personal development course which will be greatly beneficial to them and which will also enhance their CV. The Scheme also greatly benefits the host organisations, in that they get talented young people full of confidence and enthusiasm, with specific skills enabling the organisations to expand their range of work and services. The organisations are also given financial support to help with the costs of taking a graduate through the Scheme.

Donald MacNeill, Chief Executive of CnaG said: "I am delighted to be launching the 2012 Graduate Placement scheme and grateful to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for providing the funding for it. In the development of economic activity related to Gaelic, the scheme plays an important role in linking university courses to workplace activity and opening work opportunities for new graduates. This will be the 8th year the Scheme has been running, and in that time, 35 graduates have participated in it. With the current downturn in the economy, I am certain there will be a big demand for places on this year's Scheme and I would ask graduates and organisations wishing to participate in the Scheme to contact us as soon as possible."

Head of Gaelic Usage at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, David Boag said: "Bòrd na Gàidhlig values highly the Graduate Placement Scheme. It is important that there are new job opportunities for the young people to contribute to the work currently being undertaken to strengthen the language, not only in the Highlands and islands but across Scotland. The newly graduated young people have much to offer and it is vital that their skills, confidence and vision are fully utilised in current efforts to develop the Gaelic language."

Graduates interested in participating in the Scheme can get further information and an Application Form at Organisations interested in participating should contact Calum Iain Macleod at the CnaG Stornoway office, (Tel) 01851 701802 or

Notes to Editors

  • Graduates are paid a minimum of £17,000 for the year, with CnaG reimbursing the participating organisations £6,800.
  • Comunn na Gàidhlig was established in 1984 to co-ordinate the development of Gaelic, and is a charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. Today it focuses on the delivery of two service contracts for aspects of Gaelic development, for Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
  • This is carried out through working with communities, companies and at a political level. CnaG has offices in Inverness, Stornoway and Glasgow and additional staff based in Uist, Skye, Islay, Edinburgh and Lochaber.
  • For more information on this press release please contact: Donald MacNeill, Chief Executive, 01463 234138


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