Forty young people have been celebrated at an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde awards ceremony following the successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships (MA).
Scotland’s largest health board offers apprenticeships in 14 different job roles to help young people gain access to quality training opportunities in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College.
All apprentices signed up to a learning programme with on-the-job training roles including nursing assistants, radiotherapy assistants, healthcare support workers and administrators.
In addition to the 40 graduates, another 60 have been confirmed in roles for the third cohort.
At the ceremony, Craig Monteith was declared Modern Apprentice of the Year for demonstrating consistently outstanding ability and commitment during the course.
Runner up awards were presented to Connor Stepney, a multi-skilled estates technician and Ross McGruer, a digital print assistant in medical illustration. All three awards were supported by public service unions Unite and Unison.
Craig works as an assistant practitioner clinical technologist in medical equipment management. He works in the renal unit at Stobhill Hospital and has now completed a three year apprenticeship in electronic engineering.
He said: “I was so honoured to be nominated, so it’s brilliant to have actually won. It’s thanks to the great team I work with that I won as they’ve given me great support.
“I’d definitely recommend MAs to other people. It has allowed me to learn on the job and see everything with my own eyes rather than just learning off a page in a book.”
Jane Grant, chief executive, NHSGGC, said: “Today is about celebrating the achievements of our trainees and recognising the hard work, commitment and the enthusiasm with which you have approached your training, development and duties.
“It is a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of careers and provide the opportunity to put talents to use in delivering a high standard of service for the benefit of our patient population.
“We have the largest NHS MA programme in Scotland which offers opportunities to young people across hospital, community and corporate services.
“I firmly believe that by investing time and training in our young people at this stage, we are building on an already highly skilled workforce. This is clearly demonstrated through the board being shortlisted as one of the three public sector MA employers in this year’s upcoming national awards.”
Anne MacPherson, director of Human Resources & Organisational Development, NHSGGC said: “The MA programme is an excellent example of the investment progressive employers can make to transform the lives of young people in our communities.
“We have seen 72 young people move through the MA programme and 60 of them are now in permanent posts with another 73 currently working their way through the programme.
“This has been another exceptional year in the standard of commitment and enthusiasm from our MAs and it was extremely difficult to choose from the finalists that were presented to us.”
John Rafferty Assistant Principal (Health and Wellbeing), Glasgow Clyde College said: “This event really is the highlight of the year for our MA students, as they get formal recognition for all their hard work both in work and at college.
“I don’t think they realise what trailblazers they are. There is no other health board in Scotland engaging in Modern Apprenticeships the way NHSGGC does. The wide variety of job roles and overall scale of the partnership makes this a truly excellent pairing.
“I’d like to congratulate all our MAs on this graduation day, and wish them the best of luck in their future careers”
Hosted at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s Teaching & Learning building, the event was attended by health and college staff along with union representatives who presented the awards on behalf of members.