Comment posted First lambs at Auchindrain since 1967 by Bob Clark.
The vacancy was advertised for several weeks through JobCentrePlus – the Government’s official system. After reviewing applications from all over Europe (only a handful of which were from within the UK and even fewer from within Argyll), an open and objective recruitment process selected the applicant with the best mix of experience and skills.
Provided that language ability is not an issue and the applicant is an EC citizen, I do not believe it would be lawful to take an applicant’s nationality into account as a recruitment issue.
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Gaelic represents something of a challenge to us. We are VERY aware of its historical importance, do our best to give the language its place, and where it is realistic for us to do so we support current activities to develop the use of Gaelic in the modern world. However, as a medium for interpretation it is of very little use because so few of our visitors can read Gaelic and none of those who can are also unable to read English. As and when we have funds to develop our interpretation, simply reality indicates that our top priorities for language translations are German, Spanish, French and Italian. We could with relative ease get everything we write translated into Gaelic, but have to date fought shy of something that would be tokenistic rather than adding to understanding of the place. That said, however, it’s an open debate, and we’d welcome differing views on what we ought to do, how, why, and with what outcomes in mind.
- Argyll and the Isles Tourism follows up on Expo
For the first time this year, in conjunction with Expo VisitScotland brought us two groups of tour operators, one from Germany, another from North America. And we now have our first group booking from one of the participants. Good stuff!
- Argyll and the Isles at Scotland’s tourism expo – a good show at a poorly organised event
I am not sure that the organisers of Expo were responsible for the situation you describe, and it may even be that they were fully aware of what things were going to be like and powerless to do anything about it.
A few weeks ago I attended another function at the SECC, which within its own sector was every bit as high profile and important as Expo. This was “The Gathering”, the annual get-together and trade fair for third sector organisations that is put together by SCVO. My experiences of arrival were the same as yours.
Being familiar with the SECC, I expected an easy and well-signposted route into a large open car park on the west side of the centre, followed by a short walk with obvious sightlines to the building’s entrance. Not so. The entrances to that car park were closed off, and deeply inadequate signage directed me to the multistorey. I persevered and used my eyes (there was a complete route but it wasn’t obvious with the last bit particularly obscure) and ultimately found my way to the said structure some considerable way away, well on the east side of the Hydro. Once in the car park, signage towards the SECC was excellent and obvious, and I emerged at the foot of a set of stairs to find a sign inviting me to wait for a lift. Three minutes later a buggy appeared and I was driven past the Hydro to the SECC entrance, with the same in reverse when I left.
Everything actually worked fine, with the sole problem being really atrocious directional signage between where I expected to be parking and where I actually had to go. But those signs had to be on the public roads system, not SECC land. For some reason we don’t know SECC parking arrangements have changed, temporarily or permanently, and whoever was responsible for planning and authorising the re-signage has dropped a massive brick – but I suspect it wasn’t the SECC itself.
Why don’t you put this issue as a direct question to SECC management rather than blasting off at the organisers of Expo? They may have been victims too!
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