Why does the NHS recruit apprentices?
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde are keen to ensure that we have an appropriately skilled workforce to meet current and future service demands, and one that represents the patient population we serve. Apprenticeships provide a mechanism for us to recruit, train and retain new employees aged 16-24 years. We recruit apprentices with the intention of moving them into permanent employment on successful completion of their apprenticeship. While apprentices develop their knowledge and skills on the job, and gain nationally recognised qualifications, we hope that the apprenticeship is just the start of a much longer term career within the NHS.
Why choose an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship?
Modern Apprenticeships (MA) offer the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. By the end of the apprenticeship period apprentices have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills required for the job role and are competent and experienced workers. This approach of working and learning at the same time is enhanced by a formal Modern Apprenticeship Framework which ensures apprentices gain national recognition of their knowledge and skills.
Our trainees start on a minimum salary of £16,000 per year and have access to all the benefits available to NHS Staff. This includes 27 days paid annual leave, 8 paid public holidays per year and enrolment in the NHS Pension Scheme.
All trainees who successfully complete the NHS GGC Modern Apprenticeship programme will be offered permanent employment within the organisation.
We have established career pathways and development programmes within the organisation which support ongoing career development and support employees to work towards higher level qualifications, to develop their skills and progress within the NHS in Scotland.
If for some reason trainees chose not to remain with us on completion of training then they leave us with recognised qualifications and training, work experience and references, and a real advantage over other applicants in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.
What are the qualifications and training offered ?
Some of the apprenticeships require apprentices to attend college. Engineers spend their first year of the programme in full-time college education and then go on to attend college one day per week in Years 2 & 3. Some other apprenticeships may require attendance one day per week to complete an academic qualification e.g. HNC (Life Sciences apprenticeships). There are also some apprenticeships that do not require any formal attendance at college e.g. Business Administration, although we often ask our training provider to deliver some additional training sessions if we think this is necessary. Glasgow Clyde College is the current training provider for the NHS GGC apprenticeship programme.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde established a pilot apprenticeship programme in 2009 (14 apprentices) and later went on it roll out a significantly sized programme in 2013.Since 2013 we have recruited 101 apprentices (51 in 2013 and 50 in 2015) across a broad range of job roles using a variety of different apprenticeship frameworks.
We are working towards another large intake of apprentices who wil commence employment during 2017
Laura McKie, Employability Lead
Tel: 07920 137911
Email: [email protected]
Recognition of Service Support
In recognition of the support which staff and managers within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have provided to apprentices, the Board was awarded Public Sector Employer of the Year Award 2015 at Scotland's Modern Apprenticeships Awards
The high standard of talent and achievement in our young apprentices is also recognised each year at the Unison/ Unite NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprentice of the Year.