Youth Employment

    The Scottish Government Youth Employment Strategy is focused on an “all government and all Scotland approach” to supporting young people into the workforce. The strategy states that the National Health Service is a major employer in Scotland who offers a wide range of job and work experience opportunities.  It encourages all “NHS Boards to offer apprenticeship opportunities to young people and to identify work experience opportunities for young people within the health service.”

    Detailed in the tabs below you will find specific youth employment information in place within each Board.

    National Services Scotland

    NSS recognises the challenges of the current economic climate and understand that young people are facing difficulty securing employment.  NSS is committed to delivering a Youth Employment Strategy that will equip young people with the work experience, knowledge and skills to support them pursuing a promising career in the NHS.

    We have a number of current initiatives in place such as Modern Apprenticeships, student placement’s and work experience.  We are also considering new initiatives to target Graduates and Graduate Apprenticeships.

    NHS 24

    NHS 24 recognises the challenges of the current economic climate and understands that young people are facing difficulty securing employment.  NHS 24 is committed to delivering a Youth Employment Strategy that will equip young people with the work experience, knowledge and skills to support them pursuing a promising career in the NHS.

    We offer initiatives such as Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, student placements and work experience. 

    We also work closely with Prince's Trust and Who Cares? Scotland, and have successfully placed several employees into roles within the organisation.

    Useful links

    For more information on different types of apprenticeships 

    For more information on the Scottish Government Youth Employment Strategy 

    For more information on Prince's Trust 

    For more information on Who Cares? Scotland

    To view the NHSScotland Youth Employment Strategic Framework

    Public Health Scotland

    Public Health Scotland content is being designed for this page, in the interim please contact the team by emailing nss.wfrs@nhs.scot

    Scottish Ambulance Service

    Modern Apprentices are usually brought in on a Fixed Term Contract for 2 years during which time they will study towards a qualification in their chosen discipline over a period of 12-24 months depending on level. 

    Modern Apprenticeships help employers to develop their workforce by training new staff, and upskilling existing employees. For individuals, an MA is a job which lets them earn a wage and gain an industry-recognised qualification.  Apprenticeships are designed to tackle potential skills gaps, and support new or existing employees to develop.

    There are already more than 37,000 young people working, learning and earning as Modern Apprentices.  91% of apprentices still in employment six months after completing their Modern Apprenticeship; and 96% of employers say former apprentices are better equipped to do their job.

    To learn more about recruiting a Modern Apprentice, please send your enquiry to scotamb.recruitmentenquiries@nhs.net

    To learn more about the various apprenticeship types available please visit the Skills Development Scotland website - www.apprenticeships.scot/for-employers/