Almost 50 young people from all over Glasgow and surrounding areas last year took on a new challenge when they secured a modern apprenticeship at Scotland’s largest health board.
To help young people access good quality training and get a much-needed foothold on the employment ladder, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) offered apprenticeships in a range of areas with all apprentices signing up to a learning programme and on-the-job training. Jobs included nursing assistants, clerical workers and receptionists, youth workers, technical officers and engineering.
One year on, and with the launch of a further wave of new apprenticeship posts being recruited, NHSGGC held a special awards ceremony celebrating the success of last year’s apprenticeship programme.
One apprentice in particular showed outstanding qualities and commitment and has been awarded overall winner of the Modern Apprenticeship of the Year Award, sponsored by Unison and Unite, with two runner up awards and two highly commended awards also presented.
The Celebrating Modern Apprenticeships event at the Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank brought together health and college staff along with Unison and Unite representatives who presented the awards on behalf of their members.
Andrew Robertson, OBE, Chairman of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, said: “Young people are our future and if we invest time and learning now they will be the future of our organisation.
“The modern apprenticeship programme offers young people a chance to gain a skill that can change their lives and it gives me great pleasure to be part of this special celebration event marking their success over the last year.”
Susan Walsh, OBE, Principal of Glasgow Clyde College, said: “It’s been a real delight to meet these young people again, one year on from the launch of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s innovative Modern Apprenticeship programme.
“It’s clear that this apprenticeship programme has supported their personal and vocational development to the extent that any employer would be impressed by them. The investment made by the Health Board and their commitment to giving these young people a future has really paid off.”
Claire Blair, 21 years old from Govan, received the overall winner award and was delighted. Claire has been training as a youth worker with the health improvement team, South Sector Glasgow City Community Health Partnership and has gone from strength to strength over the last year.
Claire said: “Ever since I was a little girl all I have wanted to do is work with young people.
“I have known this was the career path I wanted to take and when I was volunteering at Govan Youth Information Project they made me aware of the apprenticeship programme.
“I applied for the youth worker apprenticeship and when successful was delighted.
“The team I work with are fantastic and really supportive.”
The event was supported by public service union, UNISON. Assistant Branch Secretary Frances Lyall said: “UNISON is delighted to recognise the effort and commitment of this year’s NHSGGC modern apprentices.
“These are real jobs, with real prospects for young people from our community and it is important that we celebrate their success.
“Its even more important that despite pressure on budgets, our public sector employers continue to lead the way, giving young people the chance to learn and hope for a positive future.”
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Pic: Left to Right Shauna Paterson, Stephanie Thompson, Claire Blair, Lee Nicholl and Zachary Barlow