Glasgow apprentice Elaine McCready has scooped the top prize in a NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde awards ceremony.
Elaine (25), from Govanhill was among 14 young people who were celebrated at an event following the successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships.
The health board offers apprenticeships across a wide range of jobs to help young people access quality training opportunities in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College.
The programme offers on-the-job training in roles such as healthcare support workers, administrators, medical laboratory assistants, multi-skilled technicians and assistant clinical technologists.
At the ceremony, Elaine, a clerical officer at Maryhill Health Centre, was announced as the Unison and Unite Modern Apprentice of the Year for demonstrating consistently outstanding ability and commitment during her training. In addition, three runner up awards, were also presented.
Elaine, who first set out on a career in Pharmacy, was delighted to be announced overall winner award. Her clerical training started in July 2017 and has seen her work and train in the community reception, helping out with a variety of departments including physiotherapy, dietician and dental.
Elaine said “I was stunned to be announced as the winner. I knew my manager June had nominated me but the competition was so tough, I never thought I would win.
“I love working at Maryhill Health Centre, where I now have a permanent job. I am the first face to greet people as they arrive, so it’s important to get it right! I like getting to know the regular patients and it’s allowed me to grow in confidence. I’ve also developed good IT and clerical skills, and appreciate how lucky I am to have come through such a good apprenticeship scheme.
“My team are also great and have supported me through everything. I am so proud to work for the NHS and am really excited about my future career.”
The event also celebrated the achievements of the 115 members of NHSGGC staff who have gained a formal Vocational Qualification this year. The Qualification and Learning & Education Teams have supported staff to achieve a range of qualifications including Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualifications and European Computer Driving Licences (ECDL), which is a key qualification supporting Digital Literacy.
Jane Grant, chief executive, NHSGGC, said: “I am so proud to be able to celebrate the achievements of our trainees and recognise the hard work, commitment and the enthusiasm with which they have approached their training, development and duties.
“It is a great privilege for us to be able to support the development of careers and provide the opportunity to put talents to use in delivering a high standard of service for the benefit of our patient population.
“Elaine is a great example of how our staff put their patients first. It was clear from her manager’s nomination that she is held in very high esteem by the rest of her team and the patients she meets every day. I wish Elaine and all our other graduates every success for their future careers here at NHSGGC.”
Frances Carmichael, UNISON NHSGGC Assistant Branch Secretary said: “UNISON and UNITE are proud to continue our support for the NHS Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprentice Awards as we work together to recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment that they have shown.”
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