Healthcare Careers Under Spotlight in Apprenticeship Week
Published on 7 March 2019
More than 200 Tayside pupils attended a ‘Careers in Healthcare’ event today (Wednesday 6 March 2019) as part of Scotland’s Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March 2019).
Pupils from schools across Angus and Dundee attended the event at Dundee Science Centre to gain 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 and Angus and the University of Dundee School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The S3 and S5 pupils got the chance to take part in practical activities and speak to staff from a range of healthcare professions to gain an insight into different careers and pathways into work.
Staff from NHS Tayside and the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing provided information on specialities such as dentistry, radiography, blood sciences, nursing and estates. Dundee and Angus College also highlighted local opportunities for Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships.
George Doherty, NHS Tayside Director of Organisational Development said, “This event is key to promoting the wide variety of career pathways that are available for young people in healthcare. As Tayside’s largest employer, we recognise we have a responsibility to support our young people in moving on to a successful career.
“The work of NHS Tayside is based having the “right people with the right skills in the right place”, and we aim to be the first choice of work for young people. We are delighted to work with our partners as part of the event and to be able to highlight the benefits of a career in health.”
Hilary Tasker, manager with Developing the Young Workforce, Dundee & Angus (DYW DA) added, “We are delighted to be supporting this event which demonstrates to young people the wide range of career pathways in the healthcare sector.
“The practical ‘hands-on’ experiences on offer today show that there is something for everyone in healthcare, regardless of entry level or which subjects you focus on at school. Holding interactive events such as this is a vital part of DYW work and inspires young people as to the career choices available to them.”
Lecturer in Nursing Thomas McConnachie said, “The University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences actively supports young people who wish to pursue a career in nursing. This event is part of a series which aims to develop young people’s understanding of the skills and attributes required to be a nurse in today’s NHS.
“Our ongoing partnership with the NHS and Developing the Young Workforce for Dundee & Angus has proved invaluable to our recruitment strategy. We now have many young people from Dundee and Angus schools participating in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ undergraduate recruitment programme, many of whom have subsequently decided to pursue a career in nursing.”