Health board is latest sign-up to Young Persons’ Guarantee

Health board is latest sign-up to Young Persons’ Guarantee

One of the region’s biggest employers is the latest signatory to an initiative supporting young people in the workplace.

NHS Grampian, which employs more than 16,000 people, has signed up to the Young Person’s Guarantee.

As part of Scotland’s response to Covid economic recovery, the employer-led Guarantee was launched in November 2020 by the Scottish Government.

It aims to give all young people aged 16-24 the opportunity of a job, apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Nearly 40 leading employers across Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen have already signed up, in a groundswell of support from the finance sector to energy, and tourism to education.

NHS Grampian provides health services for the half a million people who live in the area and is the first Scottish NHS board to sign up to the initiative.

Successful and sustainable

Douglas Andrew, Learning and Development Manager at NHS Grampian, said: “We engage with schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and a range of employability groups to support work experience and employment opportunities within the health and care sector.

“This includes offering a range of both Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship programmes to both new and existing employees and young people.

“Over the last 10 years, our organisation has developed a successful and sustainable approach to these training programmes which, in turn, has seen a high level of retention in several occupational pathways.”

The organisation offers work-based learning placements to schools and colleges across the region, as well as mentoring, apprenticeships, educational partnerships and providing work inspiration activities.

Looking to the future, the organisation is also planning to introduce new apprenticeships as well as a new employability programme. These are linked to its existing aims of reducing barriers to employment and increasing diversity and equality within the organisation.

Future-proof

Sarah Barnes, Programme Manager at Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Moray, said: “Young people bring a wealth of talent, creativity, and enthusiasm to an organisation.

“Multi-generational or age-diverse workplaces are considered a great way to future-proof businesses and increase innovation. Providing opportunities for young people is an investment in business for employers, and in the future of the economy.”

The economic impact of the recent pandemic has been felt most acutely by certain groups with young people being hardest hit.

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a call to action to employers to support this generation so their valuable contribution to the economy of Scotland is not lost.

Head of Academic Partnerships at Moray College UHI Jackie Andrews said: “We are proud to have signed up to support the Young Person’s Guarantee.

“Our aim is to provide appropriate education and training options for young people, at whatever stage they may be in their journey. We will continue to work with our partners locally to provide opportunities for young people to have access to information and practical support to find their route to successful employment.”

Rachel Wilson, Tourism Project Manager at Visit Moray Speyside, said: “Signing up to the Young Person's Guarantee is a great way for Visit Moray Speyside to demonstrate our continuing commitment to supporting local young people through providing an insight into tourism and the valuable experience and career opportunities the industry can offer.”

Meanwhile, Gary Murison, of Gary Murison Photography, said: “I believe that creativity is instrumental in helping to develop our communities, our workplaces our future and ourselves.

“I joined the Young Person’s Guarantee to support and encourage young people in creative thinking processes and expression through the medium of photography.”

Easier navigation

The Young Person’s Guarantee aims to act as an “umbrella” for all the available opportunities for young people.

Many of the programmes within it are not new but the Guarantee helps employers navigate the landscape of existing activities and make it easier for them to access the skills they need.

There is a range support available to help companies recruit and train young people. DYW Moray can help you explore options and the support available.

You can find out more about the Young Person's Guarantee at bit.ly/YPG-Employer or by contacting info@dywmoray.co.uk.

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