Business and community


Whether you have a new idea that you would like our input on or you would be interested in taking on a student to assist with a special project, we can help bring a fresh dimension to the table.

If you have an enquiry about Business development with Shetland College UHI then please contact us at


Health and care section

The Health and Care Section has good partnership arrangements with the care and early years' sector. Through the service level agreement with Shetland Islands Council (SIC) Social Work, Shetland College provides SVQ programmes to support over 120 candidates each year to meet their Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) registration requirements. There are also partnership arrangements with SIC Housing and Education, NHS Shetland, The Childcare Partnership and Train Shetland to enable their staff to gain the required qualifications.

A good working relationship with NHS Shetland has made an Access to Nursing course available to Shetland students before they go south to do the nursing degree.  This partnership involves joint interviewing and Shetland College students having experiences of work placements in NHS Shetland, a vital part of the course.

SIC Social Work and Education, the voluntary sector and private nursing also support the courses provided by the Health and Care department by enabling good quality work experience placements for the Introduction to Care, Access to Apply for Social Work, National Certificate Early Education and Childcare, HNC in Early Education and Childcare courses. Over 60 work placements are provided each academic year.

IT project work

Our National Certificate, Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma programmes include elements where students must complete team and individual projects to expand and showcase their practical IT skills. These initiatives also help develop their communication, planning, design and testing knowledge and skills base.

We are keen to build links with organisations – large and small – to enable our students to assist you with a project that you might otherwise not have the resources to complete.

Business and hospitality section

Our staff and students have a long history of providing valuable business and hospitality services to industry, from market research to corporate catering for major events. We welcome the opportunity for student placements in businesses and the chance to showcase our staff and student talents by competing in and co-hosting major hospitality events. Please contact us if you would like to find out more on how we make it our business to try and help your business.