Hospital jobs project on target

HEALTH chiefs are celebrating as the total number of young people in apprenticeships for the new South Glasgow hospital reaches 55.

The number is on target – according to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde officials – for the project, which was set up to encourage regeneration and employment in the community.

The 55 youngsters are learning jobs including joinery, construction and scaffolding on site, making a massive contribution to the brand new health facility.

Project director Alan Seaborne said: “It is important to recognise the value and contribution that apprentices make to the future success of the project.

“The contractors on the project have embraced our commitment to employability and the importance of apprenticeships and training.

“They have created opportunities for individuals to re-enter the employment market and we will endeavour to continue with employement opportunities throughout the duration of the project”.

Calum Graham, CEO of the Glasgow Regeneration Agency, added: “In an economic environment where young people are facing major challenges in accessing the labour market, GRA are delighted that the new South Glasgow Hospital project is contributing fantastic job opportunities through apprenticeships to so many young people”.

The 14-floor hospital – covering adult, childrens and laboratory services on site – has been promised as one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the world, and is due for completion in 2015.