Dunnet & Canisbay

Education and Training Fund


The aim of the Dunnet & Canisbay Education & Training Fund is to improve opportunities and livelihoods of people living in the Dunnet & Canisbay area of Caithness. It will provide bursaries to local people to access training and education opportunities that better equip them with the range of skills required to enter into or retain employment in key sectors. 


Key Sectors

The Panel has identified key sectors which are relevant to the Dunnet & Canisbay area and invite applications from people planning to undertake training relevant to these Sectors. They are:

  • Health and Social Care

  • Teaching and Education

  • Food and Drink

  • Tourism and Customer Services

  • Culture, Heritage and the Natural Environment

  • Communications and Information Technology

  • Renewables, Energy and Climate Change

  • Engineering, Science, Maths and Technology

  • Construction and the Trades

  • Sea based industries

What sorts of courses are eligible?

Courses leading to formal or recognised qualifications will be favoured, however other courses will also be considered where the applicant can demonstrate how the skills and knowledge gained will realistically support them in securing or retaining a job. Apprentices can also apply, provided it is for a cost you cannot claim back from your employer or another agency.

Courses might be: * Apprenticeships * Modern Apprenticeships * Foundation Apprenticeships * SVQ * NC * HNC * HND * undergraduate degrees * post-graduate qualifications (though not PhDs) * short vocational courses * full time * part time * many other courses.



This fund will not support:

  • Those under the age of 16

  • Those living outside the Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council Areas

  • Retrospective funding:  you cannot apply for funding for any costs incurred, prior to a decision being made

  • Employer responsibilities: We will not fund training or equipment that your employer should be providing for you, or are necessary for you to carry out your current job.


The fund operates three deadlines each year:

15th March, 15th July and 15th November 

A decision will be made within eight weeks of the closing date.

How to Apply

Please read the fund factsheet prior to completing the application form 


If you are community group looking for funding  visit the Stroupster Community Fund.

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