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Arven project director Ewan Walker (left) and Sail Training Shetland chair Melanie Henderson (right).

THE TEAM behind the proposed Arven offshore wind farm is sponsoring Sail Training Shetland’s 2024 training programme.

The initiative provides young people aged 15-25 with opportunities to learn how to sail, and Arven’s contribution will secure the funding needed to deliver the ship placements.

The Arven team decided to support Sail Training Shetland because of the “strong alignment between the project and the charity’s dedication to nurturing maritime skills”.

Arven project director Ewan Walker said: “Arven aspires to be a flagship project for floating wind technology, and one of our goals is to spark enthusiasm among young people for wind energy and motivate them to consider future careers in the sector. We also aim to bring long-term job opportunities to the Shetland community.

“Initiatives such as Sail Training Shetland play a crucial role in developing the skills and qualities that young people will need for their future careers, so this partnership is an excellent fit.”

Sail Training Shetland chair Melanie Henderson said “support from funders and sponsors is crucial to helping continue to provide sail training placements for young people and the life-changing experiences it offers”.

SOME of the leaders of Scottish local authority organisation COSLA are in Shetland today (Tuesday) to meet with the council.

Chief executive Jane O’Donnell and president Shona Morrison made the trip north earlier.

A COSLA spokesperson said:  “As a membership organisation it is vital that we get out and about to hear from our councils and see for ourselves first-hand the range of communities they are elected to serve.

“There is no set agenda but importantly, it gives both COSLA and the individual council the chance to discuss key issues and challenges, and explore opportunities for closer joint working.

“This is a vital part of ensuring that the work of COSLA is absolutely aligned with what local government needs.”

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THE COASTGUARD was involved in a search for an airplane which lost contact between Shetland and Norway.

No sign of the plane was found and the search was ultimately stood down.

The plane had taken off from Germany and had one person on board.

SHETLAND Arts is set to welcome Aly Bain, Ale Möller & Bruce Molsky to Mareel for a gig later this month.

The trio, who share share Celtic, Nordic and Appalachian cultures, will perform at the Lerwick venue on 18 October.

Tickets are on sale now.

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