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Sam Laurenson (left) and John-Andrew Laurenson outside the UHI Shetland Scalloway campus. Photo: UHI Shetland

IN A first for Scotland four shellfish modern apprentices from Blueshell Mussels have started their education at UHI Shetland, undertaking a Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship.

UHI Shetland is the only provider in the UK for shellfish modern apprenticeships.

Sam Laurenson, workboat skipper from Blueshell Mussels, said: “We’re especially grateful for how accommodating the staff at the college have been in setting up this opportunity.”

UHI Shetland’s senior lecturer in aquaculture Stuart Fitzsimmons said: “UHI Shetland have been delivering SVQ and Modern Apprenticeships to the aquaculture industry for many years, mainly to the finfish producers.

“We are excited to be able to provide training to the shellfish industry to support the growth and training needs.”


YELL has featured in a list of the best places in the UK to walk your dog whilst charging your electric vehicle.

The ZapMap list has picked Cullivoe Pier, which has a tidal energy-powered charging point.

The website adds: “It’s a great place to start a number of walks with your pet pooch, including to the nearby Loch of Brough, Loch of Garth, or further afield to Sellafirth or Breckon Sands.”


ORKNEY and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael has warned that pressure for the government to call for a bilateral ceasefire in Gaza “will not be going away”.

Carmichael backed an amendment to the King’s Speech calling for a ceasefire, which was ultimately defeated by 125 votes to 294.

Speaking afterwards, the Lib Dem said: “A ceasefire is not the goal in of itself. This cannot be about freezing the conflict in place or simply allowing Hamas to retrench and prepare for further attacks.

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“It must be the prelude to renewed work towards a two-state solution. Only that two-state solution can deliver the security that both Palestinians and Israelis deserve.”


THE UK GOVERNMENT has increased the maximum price for offshore wind projects in its flagship renewables scheme.

The Contracts for Difference scheme ensures renewable energy projects receive a guaranteed price from the government for the electricity they generate, encouraging continued investment in the UK.

The government is also increasing maximum bid prices for tidal energy.

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