A pioneering service which helps young people across Tayside into employment has celebrated its 10th anniversary.
NHS Tayside and Barnardo’s Works Tayside marked their decade-long partnership at a celebration event at Ninewells Hospital.
For the past 10 years the organisations have worked together to create a robust model to support unemployed young people to develop their employability skills and undertake work experience to provide a stepping stone into sustainable employment, either within or out with NHS Tayside.
The programme has given young people the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a variety of departments and roles including workforce development, learning & development, supplies, property services, medical physics, prosthetics and orthotics, medical records, support services (portering and domestics), outpatients and ward admin.
NHS Tayside Director of Workforce George Doherty said, “The relationship with Barnardo’s Works Tayside has been of immense importance, both for young people who have benefited from work experience and for the staff who have supported them, and who have gained perspective on the challenges and triumphs experienced by young people in our society today.
“NHS Tayside has also gained valuable new staff through the relationship over the years, and remains committed to this excellent partnership programme.”
Director of Barnardo’s Scotland and Northern Ireland Martin Crewe added, “We are delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our ground-breaking Barnardo’s Works Tayside initiative which has led the way for the development of other similar youth employment programmes across Scotland.
“Barnardo’s Works Tayside has continued to grow and works with employers in a range of industry sectors giving young people access to genuine opportunities for sustainable employment. One of our main partners over the last 10 years has been NHS Tayside, which has offered a range of placements.”
Barnardo’s Works project workers support young people through their placement, and the service’s employer liaison officer supports the work placement. Mentor training is also delivered to ensure that each work placement is a positive experience for employee and employer.
Barnardo’s Works Tayside Service Manager Sheelagh Scott said, “This partnership would not be possible without the support from NHS Tayside’s Human Resource Lead – Employability Services Alison Smith and Employability Services Placement Co-ordinator Joan Laing as well as the fantastic department managers and mentors across NHS Tayside.
“The strong relationship between Barnardo’s Works Tayside and NHS Tayside continues to be a true partnership based on commitment, honesty and a determination to change the lives of local young people”.
The charity would like to hear from young people looking for support to develop their employability skills and progress towards employment or an apprenticeship. For more information about Barnardo’s Works Tayside email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01382 889667.