Twenty-four North Lanarkshire Council staff have embarked on a range of degree programmes including business management, software development and construction and the built environment.
The programme offers students a high level of academic and industry accreditation along with experience in the workplace.
Fionawhittaker, head of business organisational and people solutions, said:“the new Graduate Apprenticeship programme is part of ourworkforce for the Future strategy and to help deliver the council’s objective of improving our resource base. At the moment we are offering this development opportunity to our employees and we are working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, University of thewest of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University.the programme is currently focused on staff who require a qualification or are actively seeking to progress their career within the council.
“We hope to be able to open the programme up to other people in North Lanarkshire in the coming months.”
is held in the church small hall each Monday night from 7pm. Arts and crafts are undertaken and expert help is on hand if required. All welcome. Line dancing class continues on Wednesdays, in the church hall starting, at 12.30pm for beginners’ and refreshers class. Followed by the main class at 1.15pm until 2.45pm. All ages and abilities welcome. Women’s group visited Cumnock shopping centre last Wednesday afternoon and all enjoyed a great afternoon of “retail therapy”, followed by high tea at the Lochside Hotel. An excellent day was had by all. Tonight will see a scarf demonstration and all the ladies are asked to bring along a scarf. Overtown Brighter Village Association are once again holding a switch on of the Christmas lights ceremony in Overtown community centre. This year it will take place on Saturday, November 24. Stall holders can begin construction of their stalls from 10am, and the centre will open to the public from noon. The lights will then be turned on at 3pm. It is hoped that Santa will be in attendance for most of the afternoon. Anyone wishing to book a stall at the event is asked to contact Nancy Kerr on 07783868794. Overtown and Waterloo community council meets on the second Tuesday of the month in Overtown community centre. Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 6, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and check out what is happening in their community, or follow the council’s activities on Facebook. \ Gowkthrapple Community cafe is open for business as usual on Thursdays, between 11.30am and 1.30pm in Gowkthrapple community centre. It serves tasty and affordable snack lunches and a place to enjoy a chat. There is also a take away menu available. Club Sun Fun Day next meets on Sunday, November 11, in Centre Point, Gowkthrapple between 1pm and 2pm. Primary school aged children will be made most welcome. The kids at the club listen to bible stories, draw, paint, make things and enjoy a snack lunch together. For further information on any of the above, contact K Crichton on 01698 360580.