Youth Partnership celebrated

Pictured: At the ceremony were Skills Development Scotland member Rose Marie Stewart (seated left), NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson (seated right), participants from the Youth Partnership and representatives from all organisations involved in the project.

Pictured: At the ceremony were Skills Development Scotland member Rose Marie Stewart (seated left), NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson (seated right), participants from the Youth Partnership and representatives from all organisations involved in the project.

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A CEREMONY was held on April 9 at Ninewells Hospital to celebrate the first year of the Youth Partnership.

The Youth Partnership is a formalisation of existing robust links between NHS Tayside and partners. The partners currently working with NHS Tayside are Dundee and Angus colleges, and voluntary organisations Barnardos, Hillcrest and Rathbone.

NHS Tayside is working in partnership with organisations in the voluntary and education sectors to give young people, aged between 16 and 24, opportunities to access work experience within the organisation.

Skills Development Scotland provides funding for Youth Partnership and this event celebrated and acknowledged the commitment of all partners, including the placement providers within NHS Tayside, and the young people who participated in the programmes.

The event focused on a 13-week work experience programme with placements provided by NHS Tayside in various departments including Human Resources, Medical Physics Property Services and Support Services.

Attendees were able to visit the various trainer and placement stands and chat with staff as well as watch a slide show and video featuring participants of the Youth Partnership who shared their personal experiences of working in NHS Tayside.

The young people who participated in the programme were joined by NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson who gave the opening address, Rose Marie Stewart from Skills Development Scotland, representatives from Barnardos, Hillcrest and Rathbone as well as NHS Tayside staff from the various departments who offered work placements.

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson said: “NHS Tayside has been working closely with Dundee College, Angus College, Barnardos, Hillcrest and Rathbone to give young people the opportunity to access work experience within the NHS, to show them the world of work and to give them the skills needed to move forward.

“This event is rightly billed a ‘Celebration Event’, because together we have achieved a great deal – but I think we all feel we can do more and I believe that the existence of the Youth Partnership puts us down the route of more systematic coordination of our efforts on behalf of young people in these difficult economic times.”