Successful participants from the Tayside ‘Get into Healthcare – Clinical’ course recently attended a celebration event to mark their graduation.
The seven-week course is aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 30 and is designed to provide a range of skills that would be valuable if they decide to explore a career in care.
The programme is run in partnership by NHS Tayside, The Prince’s Trust Scotland and Dundee & Angus College.
The course gives young people the opportunity to gain certificates in mandatory skills, such as manual handling, infection control and food hygiene. The participants also explore the values of care and the importance of working to codes of conduct.
During the course, the young people visited a number of departments and services, and were also given access to work experience within NHS Tayside across a range of wards and areas.
Every participant graduating from the programme receives a guaranteed interview for a role within NHS Tayside or an interview for a relevant course at Dundee & Angus College.
A celebration event was held at Ninewells Hospital, where NHS Tayside Board member Trudy McLeay presented certificates to the successful graduates.
The graduates of the ‘Get into Healthcare – Clinical’ programme are Nafisah Akhtar, Olivia Blackburn, Hannah Fairfield, Jayde Lyon, Brooke MacDonald, Beverley McWilliams, Hannah Mooney, Shannon Muir, Chiko Muzambi, Kimberley Nuttall, Lewis Robertson and Michelle Thomson.
Trudy McLeay said she was delighted to present the certificates to the graduates.
She said, “I want to congratulate the participants of this course for their hard work and commitment during the programme. They have taken this opportunity and shown real enthusiasm for the course. This course helps us to create opportunities for young people and encourage them to explore a career working within the NHS.
“I would like to thank all our partners and placement providers for their ongoing commitment and support in providing exciting opportunities for participants as part of the Employability Services programme.”
Grant Ritchie, Dundee & Angus College Principal, said, “D&A College is proud to be part of this partnership with NHS Tayside and the Prince’s Trust Scotland supporting young people to obtain skills and qualifications required for a career in healthcare. We wish the graduates all the best with their future careers.”
Hannah Kerrigan, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Prince’s Trust Scotland, said, “Our partnership with NHS Tayside and Dundee & Angus College works so well because we are all committed to helping young people get into the healthcare sector.
“NHS Tayside is dedicated in ensuring young people have the best experience on the programme and prepare them to become the health board’s future workforce. By working together we are unlocking the potential of young people and giving them the skills, experience and confidence to transform their lives.”