NHS Borders recently joined Skills Development Scotland, Jobcentre Plus and Borders College to celebrate the success of 11 trainees who completed a six week pre-employment programme at Borders College.
The programme provides an chance for unemployed people to experience working at NHS Borders with placements in Care, Administration and General Services.
Jobcentre Plus manages recruitment to the course, with Borders College responsible for the administration. All candidates attend the NHS Borders Corporate Induction and complete its Statutory and Mandatory e-Learning modules.
With an outstanding course completion rate of 100 per cent, the programme has been welcomed by the majority of participants.
Placements have been in a variety of NHS Borders locations, where the course includes training, work experience and a guaranteed interview.
Participants also gain a basic level qualification awarded by the British Computer Society.
Edwina Cameron, NHS Borders Interim Director of Workforce and Planning said: “This course provides an excellent opportunity for unemployed people to develop their confidence and working skills. We look forward to the next Train to Care Programme which will commence in August. I would like to thank the placement supervisors for their support in making the programme a success and to express my thanks to all involved.”