Scotland’s largest college – West College Scotland – has teamed up with one of the country’s leading health boards to develop education and employment opportunities for students in clinical support, administration and hospitality. This also includes “on the job” training for College students in a real workplace environment.

The collaboration with the Golden Jubilee Foundation recognises the growing demand for healthcare services and the opportunities this creates for jobs and training. It also puts the College at the heart of the Foundation’s workforce strategy planning.

A national institution, independently run by its own NHS Board, the Clydebank-based Golden Jubilee Foundation is helping to redefine the concept of the public hospital, with a vision of ‘leading quality, research and innovation’ for NHS Scotland. In June 2016, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with West College Scotland which will see the College help provide the workforce to support the Foundation’s vision.

Services at the Foundation which will benefit from the agreement are clinical sterile production and healthcare support, including theatre assistants, ward assistants and outpatient services. Hospitality roles within catering, housekeeping, reception are also included, as are positions at the adjacent Conference Hotel, which is also run by the Foundation.

West College Scotland’s Principal and Chief Executive Audrey Cumberford, said: “West College Scotland has identified healthcare as a growth area for our activities. We are delighted that this agreement increases the attraction of the College as a destination for people thinking of a long-term career in the health sector.

“This is about giving students real experience of the workplace, helping them become work-ready and able to make a full contribution to the wider community.

“I am sure this fresh and innovative approach will bring many benefits to our students, as well as to the Golden Jubilee Foundation and I am confident the partnership between the College and the Golden Jubilee Foundation will deliver our shared ambitions for the future workforce.”

Jill Young, who is the Chief Executive of the Golden Jubilee Foundation, said: “It’s vital that we support those in education looking for a career in healthcare and who have the potential to be the future of the Golden Jubilee Foundation.

“With an increased demand on healthcare services in Scotland, this Memorandum of Understanding will allow us to create a sustainable workforce that will help us deliver any future expansion of our clinical services.

“I am delighted to have signed this agreement with WCS and I am really excited to see how this collaboration will produce the future innovators of the Golden Jubilee over the coming years.”

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