An award winning hospital scheme to help students with learning difficulties into jobs has seen 12 new graduates celebrating success.
The “class of 2016” graduated today from a year long placement at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) under the international scheme Project SEARCH.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) hosts the scheme in partnership with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Clyde College, which involves students combining work placements within catering, portering and domestic services with classroom teaching.
It is the third year NHSGGC has been taken part in the scheme and earlier this year the health Board were recognised as hosting one of the most successful in the country at getting the students into real jobs.
Anne MacPherson, the Board’s Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, praised the students for their hard work:
“Today’s ceremony gives me an excellent opportunity to compliment the students on their hard work and commitment on successful completion of the programme.
“I also want to thank the buddies and supervisors from with the Facilities Directorate at the GRI who supported the students.”
Anne also thanked NHSGGC Job Coach Helen McGillivray together with college lecturers Iain Jenkins, Michelle Hendry, and Elaine Jessiman.
It’s a double celebration for NHSGGC which picked up an award at this year’s American Project SEARCH conference for achieving one of the highest numbers of people finding work through the initiative.
It was originally developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre in America IN 1996 and since then has spread to more than 200 sites in the United States, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.