To date the number of apprentices recruited on the new South Glasgow Hospitals project has surpassed expectations.
Fifty-five young people are now undertaking apprenticeships in a range of jobs including joinery, general construction operatives and scaffolding.
The project, which is well on target and within budget, has had a major impact on the local community in terms of jobs and regeneration.
As part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) commitment to employability the project has been able to offer local people employment, training and work experience.
Once complete, the campus will provide the people of Greater Glasgow and Clyde with a modern purpose-built facility with adult acute, childrens and laboratory medicine on one site.
Alan Seaborne, Project Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “It is important to recognise the value and contribution that apprentices make to the future success of the project.
“The contractors on the project have embraced our commitment to employability and the importance of apprenticeships and training. They have created opportunities for individuals to re-enter the employment market and we will endeavour to continue with employement opportunities throughout the duration of the project.”
Mike Sharples, Director for Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd, said: “There is great partnership spirit at the New South Glasgow Hospitals Project amongst our key supply chain and this is having a major impact on the local community in terms of jobs, business opportunities and regeneration.
“One of the partners has already delivered on their community engagement targets and with the continuing support of Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency there will be further opportunities.”
Calum Graham, CEO, Glasgow Regeneration Agency, said: “In an economic environment where young people are facing major challenges in accessing the labour market, GRA are delighted that New South Glasgow Hospital Project is contributing fantastic job opportunities through Apprenticeships to so many young people.”
Notes to Editors
The new South Glasgow Hospital when complete will incorporate the gold standard in healthcare with adult, childrens and laboratory on the one site. It is the biggest single investment in NHS Scotland’s history and will be one of the most modern state-of-the-art facilities in the world.
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