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GRADUATES interested in becoming primary school teachers should be able to complete their training at Shetland College from September this year.

Shetland College announced on Friday they planned to follow other colleges in the University of the Highlands and Islands in providing its new professional graduate diploma in primary education.

The 36 week course, which is still subject to approval from the UHI board in February, will be delivered in conjunction with Shetland Islands Council’s children’s services and is aimed at graduates with some previous experience of working with children.

Anyone who successfully completes the course will be qualified to start their probationary teaching year.

Shetland College chairman Drew Ratter said they were very pleased to be able to offer the course locally, saying it would be of “enormous benefit” to local candidates.