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MAs in the spotlight


Scottish Apprenticeship Week 29 February - 4 March 2016

Three young apprentices have been featured in a short film in order to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week which runs until 4 March.

As part of our commitment to Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Scottish Apprenticeship Week, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) invites you to meet some of our apprentices by watching a short film of their graduation. 

The film highlights the positive contribution our modern apprentices are making to NES as an organisation and as a workplace.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week celebrates the benefits Modern Apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy and is organised by Skills Development Scotland.  Over 37,000 Modern Apprentices are working, learning and earning in Scotland (source:  A growing number of these are in NHSScotland.  As one of the twenty one health boards, NES is playing its part by investing in young people, helping them to develop their skills while gaining work experience and a recognised qualification to establish their careers.

The latest intake of modern apprentices joined NES in 2015 and will complete their programme in Autumn 2016.


Reference: PR2016-005

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

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special health board working to provide education, training and workforce development for those who work in and with NHSScotland. At any time this means NES is responsible for over 6,500 trainee healthcare professionals and also supports the recruitment of professionals into Scotland. 

Our aim is to provide excellence in health and care for the people of Scotland through high quality education, training and development. 

We provide an extensive educational infrastructure that supports learning and workforce development across all of Scotland. 

In everything we do we work in partnership with NHS Boards, with national regulatory bodies, with Scotland’s universities and colleges and organisations such as Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and Scottish Funding Council (SFC). 

Throughout 2014-15 just some of our 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