Gaelic - Financial incentives

12th November 2010 at 00:00

Bord na Gaidhlig, the Gaelic development board, has launched a scheme offering financial support for students to become Gaelic teachers.

Priority will be given to those on Gaelic teacher training courses, although students who are currently on Gaelic courses and considering Gaelic teaching as a career may also apply. In addition, qualified teachers interested in training to convert to Gaelic medium education will also be considered.

Bord na Gaidhlig chief executive John Angus MacKay said: "We want to support students in taking the route to Gaelic teaching and to encourage current teachers who have Gaelic to improve their language skills and put them to use as Gaelic-medium teachers.

"We will be working with councils to fill vacancies and with colleges to identify suitable courses to suit the needs of the students."

Applicants can apply for financial support towards course fees, if they are not already receiving support from organisations such as the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Small bursaries towards the costs of living, books and travel etc are also available. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2010.

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