First year of youth partnership celebrated

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THE IMPORTANCE of youth partnership was recognised today (Tuesday) at a special ceremony at Ninewells Hospital.

To mark the first year of working partnership with Angus College, Dundee College and voluntary organisations Barnardos, Hillcrest and Rathbone representatives gathered at the hospital.

The youth partnership scheme gives young people aged 16 to 24 access to work experience within NHS Tayside with funding from Skills Development Scotland.

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.

NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson gave the opening address and was joined by Rose Marie Stewart from Skills Development Scotland, representatives from Barnardos, Hillcrest and Rathbone as well as NHS Tayside staff.

Sandy 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.”