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Wise Group Celebate Job Milestone at Western Infirmary

June 30, 2008 4:08 PM

Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health, visited the Western Infirmary recently to meet the 25,000th client that the Wise Group has helped into work.

Melba Quinn is the 25,000th person to get a job through participating in a project run by the Wise Group.  She took part in the Working for Health project, which was developed jointly with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to help them recruit new staff and diversify the workforce.

She has been working as an Auxiliary Nurse at the hospital in February.

Melba’s achievement comes as the Wise Group celebrates its 25th anniversary. The organisation has been helping people into a range of jobs in sectors, such as, construction, call centres, administration, social care and the NHS since 1983. 

Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, said:  “The NHS is Scotland’s largest employer and has a responsibility to lead by example.  Working in partnership with the Wise Group has not only enriched our health service workforce but has supported thousands of skilled and dedicated staff into jobs.

“Being in work plays an important part in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and as the NHS in Scotland celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2008, it is a timely reminder that the NHS is nothing without its staff.

“I would like to thank all of the people who make the NHS in Scotland what it is, and I congratulate the Wise Group on their 25th anniversary and on the huge achievement of helping 25,000 people into work.”

The Wise Group Chief Executive, Laurie Russell, said:  “Seventy-nine percent of people that found a new job by taking part in this project have kept it, which is a huge indicator of its success.  I’m delighted that Melba is enjoying her job and making plans for a career in the NHS.  She is just one great example of the 25,000 people that have improved their lives by contacting the Wise Group.  I hope her enthusiasm and positive attitude will encourage others to take the first step to employment by getting in touch with us.

“The success of this project is due to its unique partnership”, he continues.

Ian Reid, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Human Resources, said: “I’d like to congratulate Melba on becoming the 25,000th person to have obtained a job through the support of the Wise Group.

“We in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are proud to be part of this initiative and are delighted with its success.  To date, we have seen more than 400 people go through the Working for Health project within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the majority of which have gone on to obtain permanent jobs with us or are employed in other NHS related posts, such as in care homes.

“I look forward to the continuing success of Working for Health and hope that we will be able to continue this successful partnership with the Wise Group in the future.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Working for Health project supports people before they start and once in work.  It is a partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow, the Wise Group, Job Centre Plus and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.  (Figures at end March 2008)

2. The project was developed to help NHS Greater Glasgow recruit staff for difficult to fill positions and to help diversify the workforce.  The idea was to allow unemployed people an opportunity to learn more about the requirements of working in the NHS through a short four weeks training project and two weeks work experience.

3. Since the project started in 2004, 588 (67%) people have left the programme with a positive outcome (either job or training place).  393 of completers have gained employment.  311 (79%) people were still in a job 13 weeks after starting.

4. The Wise Group is a leading social enterprise that works with others to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals, the communities in which they live and the society to which they belong.  We believe that work has the power to change peoples’ lives.  The Wise Group helps unemployed people to find, and keep a job.  By the end of December 2007, we have helped 24,456 people from across Scotland and the North East of England to move into employment, 3,653 of which were in 2007 alone.  2008 is the Wise Group’s 25th anniversary and in February 2008 we reached the landmark achievement of helping 25,000 people into work.

* the programme management of large-scale contracts such as New Deal for Young People, the Employment Zone and New Deal for Disabled People.
* employment programmes tailored to address the barriers of specific client groups such as people on Incapacity Benefit, homeless people, ex-offenders, refugees and asylum seekers
* sector specific pre-employment programmes working with employers such as the call centre industry, the service sector, social care organisations and the NHS
* Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) programmes that significantly contribute to the wider regeneration of communities
5. We deliver a range of large and small-scale programmes and tailor our services to each client.  As a not-for-profit organisation we are purely motivated by the needs of our clients and so can dedicate the time and resource needed to help the most difficult to reach individuals.  Our activities include:

6. We take a holistic approach to employment, recognising that different people face different barriers to labour market entry.  As a result we have also developed a range of specialist programmes that help our clients to address their individual barriers through the medium of work.  Our central belief is that work is the best means of addressing poverty and inequality in local communities.

Contact: Aileen McLaughlan
Phone: 0141 314 1435 or 07747 770635
Fax:     0141 303 0070
E-Mail: [email protected]


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