A New Career with NHS Grampian
I grew up in New Elgin, attended New Elgin Primary School and the “Old” Elgin High School before it was knocked down. I started working for the Bank of Scotland in Lossiemouth, then moved to the Elgin Branch and then onto branches in Aberdeen including the Corporate Banking division. After 8 years in Aberdeen, I decided to leave the banking sector and move back to Moray. I first studied Biomedical Science, however, changed and obtained qualifications in Contemporary Science & Geology and a separate qualification in Business Administration.
I then started work at the call centre in Forres Enterprise Park and worked there for nearly 10 years working my way up to Complaints Team Manager for a large Energy Supplier.
I then decided I wanted a complete career change and joined NHS Grampian where I am an Employability & Apprenticeship Officer, I am also studying for my Level 5 CIPD Diploma in HR Management along with a Diploma in Leadership & Management.
Originally I moved away from Moray and lived in Aberdeen for about 8 years however I missed the local area and family so decided to move back as we have so many positive things on our doorstep including amazing scenery, a national park and generally lovely helpful people.
My new role involves many different things, I help facilitate Apprenticeships in areas such as Business Administration, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering and Healthcare Support within the entire NHS Grampian region so it can involve me working from different bases such as Dr Gray’s in Elgin, ARI in Aberdeen and some of the smaller local community hospitals.
The other part of my role is around Employability and working with existing staff to further their professional development through various avenues including Graduate Apprenticeship programmes.
I work with people at all levels within the organisation and with other organisations on a daily basis sourcing placements, work experience, assistance with careers events & helping with sustainable employment opportunities.
A lot of my work revolves around the young workforce aged 16-24 and getting them into Apprenticeships within NHS Grampian and promoting different careers within our organisation to show you don’t only need to be a Doctor or Nurse to work for NHS Grampian
I feel Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for people to get into an organisation and learn how to complete their new role whilst gaining a recognised qualification. It might be that an individual wants to change the industry they work in or completely change their career path - an apprenticeship is an ideal way to do that.
The other activities DYW take part in and promote, are fantastic ways to interact with young workers and help organisations to reach out to a wider market and recruit high-quality staff and then retain amazing talent.
We asked Nathan, what would be his advice to young people starting out on their career path...
Research, research, research! I can't stress how important it is to show any potential employer how keen you are to work for them given the current market with the impacts of COVID. You need to stand out from the crowd and do your research on the company you want to join, what they do/what the job entails etc – and make sure you request the application pack and fill out the application form… not just because your mum said you had to! :)