Midlothian joins Facilities Academy

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NHS Lothian has joined forces with local authorities to develop a new Facilities Academy.

The NHS Lothian and Local Authorities Facilities Academy will offer over 16s the chance to learn about a range of roles in facilities.

Students will begin enrolling next month in the course, which has been created in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, Midlothian Council and Edinburgh College.

The college modules include topics such as communication, first aid, food hygiene, life skills and manual handling, and will be delivered by Edinburgh College at NHS Lothian’s Comely Bank Centre with NHS Lothian staff helping delivering some components.

During the course, students will be given an insight into the various roles such as catering, domestic service, estates, porters, post room attendants, gardening, grounds maintenance and building maintenance.

George Curley, Director of Operations-Facilities, NHS Lothian, said: “The Facilities Academy is a great platform for people to gain the hands-on placements en route to embarking on a career in facilities with the NHS and local authorities. We would encourage people to come forward and apply for this exciting opportunity.”

The academy consists of a 15-16 week programme with a combination of study and an eight-week placement, via the local councils or NHS Lothian.

Candidates who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to join the NHS Lothian Staff Bank from where they can apply for permanent posts and also apply for posts within local authorities.

Councillor Owen Thompson, leader, Midlothian Council, said: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative, which directly contributes to our agenda of creating youth employment. In Midlothian all public authorities are signed up to the Single Midlothian Plan, which commits us all to improving positive destinations for young people leaving school, intervening early in children’s lives where we’re needed and promoting economic recovery.”