Published: Friday, January 26th, 2018
Year of Young People
As part of the Scottish Government’s programme of themed years, 2018 is the Year of Young People (#YoYP2018). This year aims to inspire Scotland through its young people (8-26 year olds), celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities, and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.
Here at the Golden Jubilee Foundation we have made a good start to the Year of Young People by receiving recognition from West Dunbartonshire Council for our commitment to their Schools Employability Skills Programme.
It is vitally important that the Golden Jubilee (and the NHS as a whole) has a future workforce that is fit for purpose and I believe that it is our responsibility to show the different opportunities, career pathways and varied roles the NHS can offer. That is why our team attend local career evenings for students, give guidance on completing application forms for work, as well as provide work experience and volunteer opportunities.
As one of West Dunbartonshire’s biggest employers, and an organisation which will be expanding over the next three years, we feel it is our duty to support and develop young people. It is a great way to develop a more dynamic and productive workforce and can help tackle issues such as an ageing workforce, skills gaps, talent management and succession planning.
Our commitment to young people is not a new concept for the Golden Jubilee. Last year, we were the first NHS organisation in Scotland to be awarded the Investors in Young People accreditation at Gold level. This recognised our good practice in three areas of youth employment: attraction and recruitment; support and development; and retention.
In 2017, we also set up our Young Person’s Forum to allow individuals to discuss a range of topics that matter to young people within our workforce. We have also introduced modern apprenticeships across many departments with great success.
There will be many events around Scotland celebrating the Year of Young People this year. We will continue to support young people in our organisation and our local community because we want our future workforce and patients to be confident, informed, and active citizens in our organisation.