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Celebrating Modern Apprentices


In recognition of the increasingly important contribution Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) play in the NHSScotland workforce, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) will today (28 January) celebrate the achievements of three young people who have completed their MA with NES.

NES is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. Its aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development. At any time this means we are responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals. 

Today’s celebration will feature three of the Modern Apprentices from 2013 and 2014 who successfully achieved their qualification and have since accepted a permanent position with NES:

  • Gemma Cornall, aged 22, from Edinburgh
  • Eilidh Manson, aged 19 from North Berwick
  • Adam Stevenson, aged 19, from West Dunbartonshire

NES first became an employer of Modern Apprentices in August 2013 with two apprentices on the Creative and Digital framework.  The following year two more MAs were recruited: one Creative and Digital and one Business Administration Framework; and in November 2015 three additional MAs were recruited: two on the IT and Telecommunications Framework and one Creative and Digital.

Dorothy Wright, Director of Workforce, NES, said:

“Bringing young people into the workplace has many advantages – they bring new and fresh ideas particularly in relation to technology and they are contributing to the development of the organisation.  We are very positive about supporting this government priority to bring young people into training and employment.” 

Susan Mair, Associate Business Partner, Organisational Development & Learning, NES, added:

“Employing MAs enables us to train young people on the job in our ways of working while they work towards a nationally recognised qualification.  We congratulate Gemma, Eilidh and Adam on achieving their Modern Apprenticeships and wish them success in their future careers.”

Scottish Apprenticeship Week will be held 29 February to 4 March this year – you can find out more about Apprenticeships at and also follow news #ScotMAWeek16


Reference: PR2016-002

Further Information From

Mary-Jo O’Brien, Corporate Communications Tel. 0131 656 3213 or Susan Mair, Associate Business Partner, (OD & Learning), Tel. 0131 656 3323.


Note to Editors

  1. Case Studies on Gemma, Eilidh and Adam are available in our Newsroom at /newsroom/case-studies.aspx
  2. One of the Modern Apprentices recruited in 2013, who also secured a permanent position, has since left the organisation and is now working in the private sector.
  3. NES is NHSScotland's national education and training Board. We are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. We work closely with a range of partners to deliver our vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland 
    Throughout 2014-15 NHS Education for Scotland’s work included...
    • Support for 5,700 trainee doctors
    • Training 1,000 staff in clinical skills
    • Training 322 Family Nurse Partnership Practitioners
    • Revalidating 400 medical trainees
    • Funding 160 dental vocational training places
    • Overseeing a 96% pass rate of trainees on the pre-registration pharmacist scheme
    • Provided events for 200 health visitors and practice teachers
    • 93 Pharmacists Commissioned to undertake prescribing qualifications
    • 111 applications supported for the AHP Career Fellowship Scheme
    • 322 practitioners trained via the Psychology of Parenting Project
    • 2.1 million searches on the Knowledge Network