Educational Excellence

Educational opportunities in Shetland are vast, immensely valuable and popular within Shetland. Shetland boasts a leading fisheries college in Scalloway, the NAFC, which has a very successful Merchant Navy Cadet Officer Cadet Programme where sponsoring companies pay for the training and work experience of cadets over a 3-year period. This allows students to 'earn while they learn' and get invaluable sea experience over the duration of their course.

The Shetland College offers degree-level courses across a number of areas meaning students can complete a degree on the island before pursuing a broad range of thriving industry in Shetland too, including technology, business and agriculture. This means those who want to achieve higher-level education no longer have to necessarily leave the Islands to get it, which was the norm not so long ago.

Away from traditional higher educational opportunities, there’s a wealth of opportunity in terms of modern and graduate apprenticeships across a number of trades from a number of companies in Shetland. The Shetland Islands Council take on a vast number of apprentices each year as do many local companies, with school leavers having opportunities to go down a number of trade routes, whether that be to become a joiner, plumber, electrician, car mechanic or hairdresser to name a few!

Educational Excellence Blog Posts

Ocean Kinetics & Modern Apprenticeships: Benefiting Shetland Now & Later


Every year, we see a wealth of modern apprenticeship opportunities arise in Shetland and each role is hotly-contested by Shetland’s budding and aspiring mechanics, joiners, plumbers, hairdressers and more, as everyone looks to start on the path to being fully qualified without the need for years of studying.

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The Shetland College Is A Treasure Trove Of Opportunity


The Shetland College plays a pivotal role in Shetland’s educational ecosystem, something I hadn’t fully appreciated until I began to research the most northern partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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