Scotland’s largest health board is taking part in a major international project to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to gain access to employment and learning.
In partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Clyde College, NHSGGC has launched Project SEARCH and welcomed 12 students into roles in facilities at the Victoria Hospitals’ campus.
Andrew Robertson OBE, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “I am proud that we have embraced Project SEARCH and I am pleased that we have managed to recruit 12 highly motivated and enthusiastic young people. Our commitment to this project follows our recent launch of our Modern Apprenticeship programme, where we recruited almost 50 exceptional young people into a career in healthcare.
“I look forward to meeting each one of our new students and I am positive they will excel in their new roles and will positively contribute to the service that we provide for our patients.”
The 12 students will have the opportunity to learn different work skills in a variety of jobs while also having daily classroom learning. Students will also have ‘work buddies’ who are members of staff who have volunteered to help and support them in addition to the support from their line managers.
One of the students, Stewart Yuile (21) from Crookston was at the launch. He said: “I am really pleased to have started as a Project SEARCH student. I am looking forward to working with lots of different people and learning more about the health service. I love meeting new people so this job is ideal for me.”
The students will be part of a 5000-strong facilities workforce and will be working in a busy hospital site. They will have the opportunity to work in catering, portering and domestic services
in a range of patient environments including outpatients, care of the elderly and general medical.
Project SEARCH was originally developed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in America. Since then, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site in Cincinnati to more than 200 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia.
Margaret Gilroy, Director of Faculty of Access and Continuing Learning at Glasgow Clyde College commented: "The College is committed to high-quality training to prepare young people from all backgrounds for employment. I’m delighted that Glasgow Clyde College staff are able to provide an excellent learning and teaching experience to support Project Search students."
Councillor Matt Kerr, Glasgow City Council's Executive Member for Social Care, said: “We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in Health and Clyde College on Project Search. It's exactly the kind of initiative that will help the council deliver on its commitment to vulnerable people but also on our priority for economic growth in the city. Improving the employment opportunities for disabled people is a core aim of the council and this is something we are making good progress on. Project Search has an excellent track record for getting people into work and I am fully confident we will soon see the same positive outcomes in Glasgow."
Following the year-long programme it is hoped that each student will progress into a substantive job with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
For more information and photos of the launch contact the press office, telephone: 0141 201 4429 or email: [email protected]
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