Apprentices celebrate end of training

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A group of young people celebrated their success at an award ceremony after completing their Modern Apprenticeship training at NHS Tayside.

The apprentices were presented with their completion certificates by George Doherty, human resources director, in front of colleagues, friends and family at an award ceremony in Ninewells Hospital to mark the end of their apprenticeships.

The Healthcare Modern Apprentices included Beth Clark, Gemma Robertson, Cherri Tennant and Rebecca Clark. The Business Administration Apprentices are Shannon-Louise Farquharson, Amy Devaney, Caitlyn Flight, Rebecca Taylor, Katie Lockhart and Shaun Christie.

Shannon-Louise Farquharson said her apprenticeship has been a worthwhile experience.

She added: “I have found my apprenticeship really useful and a great building block so I can further progress my career in administration.”

NHS Tayside has led the way across NHS Boards by supporting Modern Apprenticeships programmes since 2006, offering a total of 76 apprenticeships. The apprenticeships have been available in a number of departments and specialities.

The Modern Apprenticeships programmes vary in length, academic levels, pay bands and delivery methods, with some apprentices attending college part-time and others based in their own departments. The apprenticeship programme aims to provide a central learning process to ensure that the young people are developing appropriate skills for the industry sector in which they work.

Mr Doherty said: “I want to congratulate these NHS Tayside apprentices on their success.

“NHS Tayside is committed to offering a range of opportunities for local people, which can change lives and also helps NHS Tayside develop a highly skilled workforce for the future.”

Caroline Hay, HR lead for workforce planning services, said: “Our most recent apprentices have worked very hard and made a positive impact in their department. They should be extremely proud of their achievements and I wish them well for the future.”