STUDENTS of the Health and Social Care Academy celebrated their graduation on Friday at a ceremony at the Angus College Conference Centre.
A total of 14 graduates took to the stage to receive certificates marking their achievements during the innovative eight-week programme.
The Health and Social Care Academy is a pre-employment programme developed by a partnership between Angus College, NHS Tayside and Angus Council.
It aims to offer unemployed individuals who seek a career in care the knowledge and skills necessary to apply for jobs in a care environment ranging from direct care of service users, delivery of meals, and administration to estates and maintenance.
Those who undertook the programme experienced a combination of hands on practical learning alongside college-based theory work. The students were able to undertake work experience in a variety of health and social care settings across Angus.
The placements were provided by Angus Council social work and health department and NHS Tayside and played a vital role in developing the student’s knowledge and confidence when working in a care setting.
Students learned a variety of care subjects including care values, infection control, dementia awareness, manual handling, food hygiene, first aid, and basic IT skills, all of which will help to equip them for a career in care.
Members of the group also gained several legislative qualifications throughout their time in the Health and Social Care Academy including the palliative care certificate, food hygiene certificate and emergency first aid at work.
The students are now actively seeking employment and one has already secured a job within a care administration role.