WEST Dunbartonshire Council has praised the Golden Jubilee Foundation for their commitment to the Schools Employability Programme.

With 2018 being the Year of Young People, the National NHS Board has received recognition for its efforts in promoting research and innovation and working closely with local schools in providing work experience and apprenticeships at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, research institute and conference hotel.

Cllr Karen Conaghan, convener of educational services, said: “West Dunbartonshire Council has built a strong partnership with the Golden Jubilee Foundation and the NHS where we are committed to working together to help our young residents develop their skills and gain real work experience through apprenticeships.

“This is providing positive outcomes for our young people.”

Elaine Barr, recruitment manager at the foundation, said: “It is vital that the NHS has a future workforce that is fit for purpose and we believe it is our responsibility to show the opportunities, career pathways and varied roles the NHS can offer.

“As one of West Dunbartonshire’s biggest employers, which will be expanding over the next three years, it is our responsibility to support and develop young people.”