A partnership between NHS Forth Valley and Forth Valley College involving 14 Business and Administration Modern Apprentices (MAs) has been so successful that the health board is planning to recruit a new intake for the year long programme. The Board is also exploring opportunities to develop a new programme with the college for Engineering and Joinery apprentices.
Since September 2015, the college has been delivering training to the modern apprentices, and at a special event to celebrate the partnership, staff from both organisations praised the scheme and encouraged other organisations to look at how a similar model could work for them.
Helen Kelly, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Human Resources, said: “Supporting young people into employment is one of the Health Board’s key priorities. This important new partnership is helping young people from across Forth Valley gain valuable skills and work experience and providing valuable administrative support to a wide range of departments.
“I am delighted that one of our apprentices has already gained permanent full-time employment within our Health Records Department and I hope that the training and work experience provided will help all of the apprentices secure jobs over the coming months.”
Forth Valley College Principal Dr Ken Thomson, added: “We are delighted to be working so closely with NHS Forth Valley and providing training for their Business and Administration MAs. We all know what a wonderful job the NHS does and we are proud the partnership has been such a success.”