Two siblings from Cambuslang are among 26 young people celebrating the successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships after joining NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Brother and sister, Gary and Melissa Beckett are both graduating this year from the Modern Apprenticeship programme and joined other apprentices at a special awards ceremony today to recognise the achievements of the latest batch of apprentice trainees to complete their apprenticeships.
The event also celebrated the success of some of our staff who have completed qualifications supported in-house.
Melissa, aged 24, has graduated in our Management Accounts team and brother Gary, aged 19, in the Institute of Neurological Sciences.
As well as graduating Melissa was declared Modern Apprentice of the Year at today’s ceremony for demonstrating consistently outstanding ability and commitment during her course.
She 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 would also like to say well done to my brother who has worked just as hard to complete his apprenticeship. I am really proud of us both.
“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.
“I’d also like to say a special thanks to my manager Fiona McEwan and to all the management accounting team for all their help.”
Scotland’s largest health board offers apprenticeships in a wide range of 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.
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 they have approached their training, development and duties.
“It is a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of careers for young people while providing the opportunity to put their talents to use in delivering a high standard of service for the benefit of our patients.
“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, we are building on an already highly skilled workforce.”
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.
“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.”
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Pic: Melissa Beckett over all winner of this year's Modern Apprenticeship Programme