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Skills Development

It can be a difficult time to make decisions leaving school and trying to work out what the next step in your life’s pathway will be.  You may feel that you are lacking in confidence to find a job, go to college or interacting in your local community with volunteering or life skills.

Made in Tain exists to assist young people, in our rural locality in achieving their potential by providing a safe space to explore alternative learning avenues, employability skills, work experience and socialisation.

From 2021, our vision continues to develop as we determine the impact of Covid-19 on the lives of those we seek to help.

At Made in Tain you can learn more about running a business, working with customers, processes involved with the manufacturing of gifts and other craft items and health and safety in the workplace.


Training Opportunities

We offer a craft-focussed portfolio of courses for adults and young people (aged 16 years +) with additional support needs. Our programme primarily takes place at the Made in Tain premises. Our Social Enterprise Programme provides opportunities to develop personal, social and employability skills within a retail environment.

Our programme offers a supportive environment where you will gain confidence, improve your communication skills, and learn at your own pace.

Our programme is delivered by qualified and experienced staff.


  • If you are in receipt of Self-Directed Support or you are paying your own fees, the programme will cost £60 per full day, £30 for a half day

Full day sessions are from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Half day sessions are either 9.30am to 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 3.30pm.

  • If you are supported through the Highland Council Positive Pathways programme, Skills Development Scotland or by the NHS, you will need to contact your key worker to request funding to attend Made in Tain.

Comments from our Learners


“Thank you for all the ‘life talks’ they’ve helped me”


“Thank you Made in Tain, I realise that I want to return to schooling and achieve some qualifications as I am now looking ahead”

“It is too far and too difficult for me to travel to Inverness, but with help I can take the bus to Tain” – this student is now fully competent in using public transport.