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New Resource Pack helps teachers and careers advisers promote careers in NHSScotland for young people


Secondary school teachers and careers advisers can now access a comprehensive resource pack developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES). Its aim is to inform young people about the range of careers available in the NHS and to raise awareness of NHSScotland as an employer.

The NHSScotland Careers Resource Pack consists of:

  • A Career for You in Health booklet – a comprehensive guide to job families/job roles in NHSScotland
  • An NHSScotland careers teaching unit containing
    • Teacher’s guide
    • Lesson plans (x 5)
    • Lesson resources
    • A job family leaflet showing all the NHSScotland job families at a glance

The pack offers readily available teaching resources for use with S1 to S3 pupils. The lesson plans are intended to raise pupils’ awareness of the range of job roles available in NHSScotland.

Sheena Greco, Principal Educator, Workforce, NES said:

“The NHS offers an amazing range of careers, much wider than the doctor and nurse roles that people normally think of. From IT professionals to speech therapists, from electricians to chefs, there are hugely rewarding roles for all interests. 

“We want tomorrow’s workforce to be aware of what the NHS can offer them. That’s why NES is taking forward a number of workstreams in the area of youth engagement and employment which will help parents, pupils, teachers and careers advisers to find out about the careers available in healthcare. We have created a careers resource pack to help address any knowledge gaps about NHS job roles, careers, entry requirements and education pathways.”

Dorothy Wright, Director of Workforce, NES said:

“NES plays a key role in developing the young workforce, in support of Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy (2014)  and the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan (Part 1) (2017). NHSScotland welcomes young people and we are delighted to share this new resource which raises awareness of the many and diverse career opportunities we have to offer.” 

The resource pack can be used by teachers and careers advisers, in classrooms, at parents’ evenings, at careers events and in job centres. The resource pack is also available for NHS staff who are ‘careers ambassadors’ to use when visiting schools, giving presentations or attending careers events. 

The policy background to the development of this pack is the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce: Scotland’s Youth Employment Strategy (2014) which sets out the need for stronger partnerships between employers and education, and the need to raise awareness of careers by engaging with young people. In addition, the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan (Part 1) (2017) notes the need for the NHS to:

  • build and enhance fulfilling careers for young people in health and social care
  • use new approaches to promote to and attract young people 

The resource pack has been designed to align with:

  1. Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Health and Wellbeing experiences and outcomes which set out what children and young people should learn in order to develop the knowledge and understanding, they need for their future wellbeing
  2. Skills Development Scotland’s Career Management Skills framework which defines the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will help individuals manage and develop their careers throughout their working lives
  3. Skills Development Scotland’s Career Education Standards which set out what children and young people will learn in career education

For more information on careers in NHSScotland, visit


Reference: PR2019-001

Further Information From

Mary-Jo O’Brien, Corporate Communications, NHS Education for Scotland, email 


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.