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People furloughed or made redundant in the Highlands during coronavirus crisis urged to access online courses

By Val Sweeney

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Councillor Alister Mackinnon.
Councillor Alister Mackinnon.

People who have been furloughed or made redundant in the Highlands during the coronavirus pandemic are being encouraged to access online training courses.

Highland Council says the courses, produced by education bodies, seek to provide individuals with both soft and hard skills development in response to the current emergency.

Many are free and cover a wide range of skills and subjects such as IT user skills, business administration, languages and personal development.

The length of the courses and difficulty levels also vary so users can either work on sharpening skills or explore new areas of interest.

The courses are provided by organisations such as Skills Development Scotland, Highland Third Sector Interface, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Open University.

A list has been compiled by Dounreay, the former fast reactor research site, which is supporting the council to help the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

The full list of organisations and links to access their courses can be found on the council's website at www.highland.gov.uk.

The chairman of the council's corporate resources committee, Councillor Alister Mackinnon, said the online training courses could be the first step for people made redundant or furloughed in gaining confidence when returning to work after lockdown.

"I would urge anyone in this position to take advantage of these courses' availability and use this time to increase your personal development," he said.

"I’m sure the skills and knowledge gained from these online resources can go a long way to progressing an individual’s career prospects after this period of emergency".

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