Hard work pays off for NHS employees

NHS Lanarkshire staff attend awards ceremony at New College Lanarkshire
NHS Lanarkshire staff attend awards ceremony at New College Lanarkshire

NHS Lanarkshire employees were recognised at a special awards ceremony held at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus.

The administrative and support staff completed Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) (level 2 or 3) or modern apprenticeship qualifications in Business and Administration.

The event is held every year to allow the staff, many of whom work shifts, to feel part of the college community.

Awards were presented by the college’s work-based assessor Jeanette Easton, assistant head of faculty Robert Allan and curriculum and quality leader for business, management and housing Rod Harris,

A vote of thanks was given by NHS Lanarkshire’s organisational development manager Kirsty Cole and learning and leisure development manager Agnes Robb.

The partnership between New College Lanarkshire and NHS Lanarkshire encourages those involved to learn about progression opportunities, such as going on to study for HNC in Administration and IT, or HNC in Management.

Event host Linda McAllister, head of faculty of Business, Social Science and Sport, said: “The faculty was delighted to host this awards ceremony, which has now become an annual celebration to acknowledge the achievement of NHS employees.

“As these are work-based qualifications, the event gives participants the opportunity to visit the college and experience college life.

“It also provides the opportunity for employees to consider further opportunities to enhance their career options.

“The learners greatly enjoyed the experience and recognised the support of New College Lanarkshire in helping them to achieve their goals.”

An SVQ in Business and Administration is designed to equip those working at different levels of business and administration with skills and knowledge needed to demonstrate competence in their job.

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