We win employer of the year trophy – again!

For the second time in three years, we have been named Public Sector Employer of the Year at Scotland’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards.

We won the award in 2015 and have again picked up this national gong for showing exceptional commitment to the Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Our Modern Apprentice Programme was launched in September 2013 and so far we have appointed 160 apprentices across 14 different apprenticeship frameworks.

Our trainees have access to all the benefits available to NHS staff, including 27 days’ paid annual leave, eight paid public holidays per year and enrolment in the NHS Pension Scheme.

The programme provides a training package to attract, train and retain young people into our workforce, which in many areas is staffed by older employees. Attracting young people into permanent employment provides us with skilled and competent staff and helps us to improve the diversity of our workforce.

Some of the apprenticeships require attendance at college. This can range from full-time college education for the first year of the programme to one day per week to complete an academic qualification.

All our trainees are fully supported by us during their time at college and all the trainees who successfully complete the programme are offered permanent employment within the organisation.

Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development, said: “The award is a real validation of all the work we are carrying out to make a difference not just as a health board but as an inclusive, forward-looking employer.

“Our Modern Apprenticeship programme is helping young people secure training and employment opportunities. This is enabling us to develop a pool of talented and confident young people with the skills NHSGGC needs for the future.

“By investing time and training in them, the programme offers young people the opportunity to develop real hands-on skills that can change their lives and support our patient services.”