Pupils from Govan High were left wondering if they are in the right place when their school was transformed into the NHS in miniature.
As part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) commitment to employability for local people, staff from hospitals and community services in a wide range of NHS disciplines were on hand to inspire students from Govan High to think about a career in the NHS.
At the event there was a number of specialised skill zones including emergency care staff hosting a mock A&E department and a chance to view an ambulance.
Laboratory staff were on hand to offer the students an opportunity to experiment or interact with diagnostic equipment.
There were also community zones where students could meet with a range of staff from Podiatrists to Psychologists and a support services zone highlighting the work of a diverse range of groups from Administration to Maintenance.
Each zone was manned by NHSGGC Staff who met the students and spend time with them discussing their roles and explaining the various professions available.
NHSGGC already works closely with schools across their area to provide support on employment and provide careers information. With the impending opening of the new multi-million pound South Glasgow Hospital the event was aimed at Govan High students who could be looking for a career in the NHS once they leave school or further education.
The school was transformed into dedicated zones showcasing all the career opportunities available with NHS staff providing advice and encouragement to students who may not have considered a career in the Health Service as an option.
Ian Reid, Director of Human Resources, NHSGGC said: “The NHS is an organisation where every staff member plays a vital role. From doctors to domestics there is a suitable profession for everyone to consider.
“People think of the NHS in terms of nurses and doctors but the teams of dedicated staff from different many backgrounds working in our hospitals and health centres are just as vital to the efficient running of the service as the more visible nursing and medical professionals.
“We hope by holding this event it will make students think about what careers are available within the NHS and whether it is an option for them.”
Noelle Mackay, Recruitment Advertising and Marketing for NHSGGC has been at the forefront of organising the event. She said: “NHSGGC is committed to raising the profile of the range of careers available in the NHS and to encourage students to consider a career in the NHS, particularly medicine and the scientific disciplines.
“This event has been organised to give Govan High students an idea of what career choices are on offer and an opportunity to chat with staff who currently work with NHSGGC. We aim to inspire the students to think differently about what their future prospects could be and how a career in the NHS can support that.
Although hosted by Govan High, students from other schools won’t miss out as the event is being recorded and will be made available for all to view on the www.nhsggc.org.uk website.
Noelle added: “The aim of the event is to offer positive role models for all students regardless of their background or experiences. We hope it will encourage the students to approach us with work experience requests and think about moving on to further education particularly in scientific and health related disciplines.
“This would be a very positive outcome from the event.”
Bailie Jean McFadden, Executive Member for education, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for Govan High young people to speak to NHS professionals about the extensive range of careers available.
"With the new Southern General hospital being built just a short distance away from the school the pupils have the added bonus of seeing the job prospects available on their doorstep in the next few years.
"Career exhibitions in secondary schools give youngsters the chance to quiz staff what their job entails and also, more importantly, what qualifications and subjects they will need for their chosen vocation."
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