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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.

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