NHS Tayside is celebrating the achievements of apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week (4- 8 March).
The annual campaign celebrates the benefits of work-place learning and the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
As part of Apprenticeship Week, more than 200 Tayside pupils attended a ‘Careers in Healthcare’ event.
Pupils from schools across Angus and Dundee attended the event at Dundee Science Centre to get an insight into the wide range of careers available in healthcare.
The event was arranged in partnership with NHS Tayside, Developing the Young Workforce Dundee & Angus and the University of Dundee School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
NHS Tayside currently employs apprentices in administration and clerical, science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) frameworks and healthcare.
Apprenticeship programmes are carried out over two to four years and participants experience a range of placements within NHS Tayside to ensure they have a variety of experiences and learning opportunities.
Amy Devaney, a feedback officer at Ninewells , said that after her own experience in the apprenticeship programme, she would recommend it to others considering a job in healthcare.
She said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to enhance my education whilst still being at work and progressing with my career. It has allowed me to learn, and gain further experience without having to put my career on hold. I would really encourage others to participate and take up the opportunity to do an apprenticeship. It has been great!”
Chairman John Brown said, “The apprentices in NHS Tayside work very hard in their roles and make a positive impact in their departments.
“NHS Tayside is committed to the ongoing support of the Modern Apprentice programmes with plans to extend the numbers and range of apprenticeships offered.
“This will enable NHS Tayside to continue to realise the benefits of this programme of recruitment, support Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy and enhance the organisation’s position as a socially responsible employer.”
NHS Tayside was the first Board in Scotland to offer an apprenticeship in healthcare and later this year the Board will also introduce Foundation Apprenticeships for the first time. Foundation Apprenticeships are aimed at S5/6 pupils and involve college and work-based placements, whilst pupils are still at school.