Cash boost for Island employers

Businesses in the Western Isles can now get up to £2,000 when they take on any young apprentice.

Employers such as MacGillivrays Floor Furnishings in Stornoway have already got involved.

An apprentice can offer new ideas, commitment and a chance for businesses to grow a skilled workforce as well as showing support for the young people in their community.

The Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) is delivered by Skills Development Scotland – Scotland’s skills body – and supported by the Scottish Government.

Eligibility for ERI has been broadened, it provides businesses with a cash injection when they employ any 16-19 year old as an apprentice or offer an apprenticeship to anyone 20 years or over who has been unemployed for a short period.

Employers can find out more by calling SDS’s helpline on 0800 783 6000 or visiting