The East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) is connecting local people from the east end to local job opportunities in the NHS. Working with the newly established Glasgow East Regeneration Agency and John Wheatley College, the East CHCP is actively developing a way of giving local people the skills to compete for job vacancies in the health sector.
"As one of the largest employers in the area, the East CHCP and its partners are jointly investing up to £350,000, in the Community Support Workers Project. This project allows 12 currently unemployed local people from the east end of Glasgow to take part in a 3 month course at John Wheatley College, to be followed by a 12 month paid work placement in jobs in the local NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board. This will range from placements with health visitors, district nurses, podiatrists, speech therapists, mental health nurses and general practitioners".
Councillor Jim Coleman, Chair of the East Glasgow CHCP, said
"This is a fantastic opportunity for me, I can get relevant qualifications and on the job training, with the real prospect of a full time health job at the end of the 12 month placement within the local CHCP".
Clare Sommerville from Shettleston, one of the Community Support Workers said,
"The participants are all long term unemployed, single parents from some of the most deprived areas of the east end. I am proud to support this project, which will make a real difference to the lives of the participants and give them the skills to compete in today's job markets, providing a career pathway into high status jobs".
Frank McAveety, local MSP said,
"We are keen that where possible local jobs can be filled by local people. This programme develops the skills that east end residents need to compete for vacancies that will occur in the NHS in East Glasgow."
Ian Reid, Director of Human Resources, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said,
Ian Graham, Principal of John Wheatley College said
" I am delighted to be involved in this innovative and groundbreaking development. It will provide real opportunities for local residents to gain access to employment in the primary care services provided in the East End".
"I wish the participants in the pilot every success in their new jobs and in their associated training courses"