Renfrewshire Council

NHS jobs now open to young people on Universal Credit in Renfrewshire

A new scheme is now open to help 60 young people from across Greater Glasgow and Clyde into jobs in healthcare.

The partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and our employability service Invest in Renfrewshire is supporting 16-to-24 year olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit and living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

It's supported by Kickstart, the UK-wide Department of Work and Pensions initiative, which is a key aspect of the Scottish Government Young Person's Guarantee providing employability support to young people.

NHS GGC Facilities staff What are the jobs?

From November, 60 new, fixed term job opportunities will be created for young people in receipt of Universal Credit.

The employment and training programme will take place over a period of six months across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde acute sites. The training sites that will be used are:

  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 
  • Gartnavel General Hospital
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary 

Our employability team Invest in Renfrewshire will act as the gateway provider across the NHSGGC catchment area, connecting with employability partners to raise awareness of this opportunity and recruit people into the roles.

Once a candidate is selected, the Invest team will deliver a pre-employment programme with accredited training, to prepare people for their new roles and during their employment, there will be more training and skills support to sustain their employment and work towards permanent posts.

Following the end of the programme, all successful trainees will have access to a guaranteed interview for facilities posts at any of our acute hospital locations.

How do I apply?

The application route for this programme is only by referral through local Department of Work and Pensions work coaches in the Glasgow and Clyde area and is now open to young people currently in receipt of Universal Credit.

Find out more and register your interest through the jobs portal on Renfrewshire's Young Person's Guarantee website or call the Invest team on 0300 300 1180 .

Message from the partners

"We understand that the pandemic has really hit our young people hard, with many ending up out of work or with less certainty around  career plans. We are pleased that Kickstart will provide real opportunities for some of those young people to be part of our teams that offer the very best in patient care.

"Those participating in the Scheme will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in catering, domestic and portering duties along with training in key employability topics to support onward transition into NHS employment, or with other employers. We look forward to welcoming those joining the programme into our wider NHS family."

Anne MacPherson, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at NHSGGC

"These roles at the Royal Alexandra and other hospitals across the Health Board area will give young people a fantastic opportunity to earn a wage and develop their skills and experience, while ensuring NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals continue to provide a first-class service to patients and visitors.

"Our expert employability team will be on hand to support the young people right from their recruitment to providing accredited training and help with career progression during their employment."

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson

Published on Friday 20 August 2021

Photo shows Natalie Beaton (centre), Alana Duncan and Ciaran Patrick, domestic and portering staff at Gartnavel General Hospital