Our courses

On this page you will find a taster of of some of the classes that run, but the prospectus gives an up-to-date listing.

Use the link below to download our latest prospectus:

Please visit our blog and our calendar for more details and updates of incoming courses, workshops and events.

Please note that all our courses and workshops are subject to availability and demand. You can request more information using our contact form, and secure your place by paying a small pre booking fee hereThe majority of our courses are held at the Lairg Learning Centre, but we also offer courses and weekend workshops at Rogart, Bonar Bridge, Ardgay, Rosehall, Golspie, Dornoch...

Finding a job

Work Club

Support and guidance on employment issues. Help with CV’s, job-searching and advice.

 

Employability courses

 

Skills for living and working

A range of topics to help people gain employment and upskill.

 

SQA courses

Core skills in communication, numeracy and problem solving.

Community and family learning

Special projects

 

Women's employability

Covering a wide range of employability skills such as team-building, raising self confidence, CV writing,

managing a family and career, IT skills and much more.

 

Reading Between the Lines

World War 1 project which encompassed drama photography, film making, scriptwritng, poetry writing

 which culminated in a photographic exhibition and completed short film and a staged drama.

 

HALP (Patterns)

Creation of a community calendar where students took photos and poems and used IT to create a

calendar featuring patterns and textures around Lairg.

 

Sutherland Secrets

Was a project run in conjunction with Brora Learning Centre and included the heritage and history of

Sutherland and the research was published in a small book.

 

Lives of Highland women

This Project explored how women's life in Sutherland had changed over the last 100 years and a short

film was produced.

 

Clay workshop – Garden feature

Work with a well known Clay Sculptor to construct a variety of objects and sculptures.

 

Art-reach

Art Project for the whole family where parents and children can learn new crafts together.

 

Art history

An overview of significant Art History periods and styles linking past and present.

 

People & Place - Photography and Photoshop

From learning the basics of photo editing and photography to some of the more advanced techniques.

 

Crafts

 

Patchwork

Create a piece of patchwork quilt to a high standard using a variety of techniques, colours and patterns.

 

Sewing

Provide with the essential sewing skills, from learning the basic functions of the Sewing machine to

creating home furnishings, crafts and clothes.

 

Cake decorating

Catering from novices through to experts our classes cover beginners techniques through to skills

needed for wedding cakes. We also run Saturday workshop for children aged 8 plus.

 

Hobbies

Guitar

All ages and abilities, ranging from absolute beginners to more experienced players looking to expand their skills.

 

Gardening / horticulture

Learn how to grow your own vegetables  and maximise production in a garden/poly tunnel. Improve compost and fertility of the garden plot.

Languages

Spanish

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

French

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

Gaelic

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

German

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

Italian

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

English as a second language

Covering all levels from beginners to advanced.

 

Literature

Book club

Designed for beginners and ESOL learners in a relaxed informal environment.

 

Creative writing

Learn the basics and to be inspired on how to write your own novel.

 

Scottish literature

Read about Scottish literature such as Gothic and North Atlantic Rim.

 

Poetry café

Learn through a variety of materials to inspire students to create their very own short stories and poems.

 

Heritage

Gaelic legacy

Learning the historical background of the Celtic people And the main linguistic differences between them.

 

Norse legacy

Learn the literature and language of old Norse and Iceland.

 

Archaeology

Study local history across the North West Highlands and went on a local field trip to visit a cemetery,  brochs and local stones.

 

IT

IT for beginners

Basic functions on how to work your way around the computer and internet use.

 

Photoshop

Edit and enhancing photographs for all levels from opening and saving pictures to eye retouching, and adjusting layers.

 

Kindle/Ipad

Learn how to browse the web and how to download apps and e-books.

 

IT skills: Word

From creating you very first Word document to some of the more complex and advanced techniques.

 

IT skills: Excel

Covering all levels from creating formulas and spreadsheets to advanced functions such as pivot tables and data management.

 

IT skills: business basics

Learning how to use the internet to sell your business and managing your bookkeeping skills.

 

Recipe roundup

Creating recipe cards to give to Friends or family members and discussing favourite food recipes and how to make them healthier.

 

 

Young people

Children workshops:

Fun and exciting workshops for kids which have previously included Stone Age and Christmas Crafts and Face Painting and crafts for Easter, Mother's Day, Valentines Day

 

Workshops

Tweed handbags and cushions and Christmas

Create Tweed accessories using a variety of different materials and colours.

 

Upcycling

Creating your own product or material by converting waste or old materials into new ones for better environmental values.

 

Christmas cake decorating

Each year students can bring along their iced Christmas cakes and go home with it  fully decorated. Previous designs have included, Teddies unwrapping Christmas presents, robins in snowy scenes, Christmas rose arrangement.

 

Flower arrangement

Flower arranging from beginners through to more advanced and have included, Christmas Wreaths and Floral arrangements

 

Spinning

Using traditional wooden spinning wheels, learn how to turn a fleece into wool.

 

Silk paintings

Create a Silk Painting inspired by natural history.

 

Block printing

Cutting shapes into materials such as metal and wood to have it inked and pressed onto paper

 

Felt making

Learn various techniques of felt making by shrinking or matting fibres.

 

Fabric dyeing

Mixing a range of different dyes and colours to create something new.

 

Material Christmas wreath

Using small pieces of material a Christmas wreath is created which can be used for many years to come.

 

Sewing

Working with a sewing machine to create and take home your made item.

 

Rag Rugging

Using creativity to recycle old rags or clothing into rugs.

 

 

Business classes

Emergency Aid at work

A certificated course covering the basic skills of emergency first aid in the workplace.

 

Food hygiene

Basic food hygiene certificate covering the requirements for working in a kitchen or food environment.

 

Book keeping

Learning how to use Excel and manual methods you will learn about sales and purchase ledger nominal ledger trial balance, this class is designed for beginners but you can progress through to advanced skills.

 

Alcohol Licensing

Personal alcohol licence that is required for you to sell alcohol from a licensed premise.

 

 

Lairg & District Learning Centre is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO 33900 and a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee SC381425.

Schoolhouse, Lairg, IV27 4DD

Tel. 01549 402050

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