A YOUNG Greenock man has received NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s apprentice of the year award, for his exceptional work at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
Scott Robb, who is a multi-skilled technician with the estates team at the Greenock site, received the UNISON and UNITE the Union Apprentice of the Year at NHSGGC’s annual Apprentice Graduation and Awards, which celebrate the next generation of talent working across the health board.
Scott, who is from Greenock, admits he couldn’t quite believe it when it was announced that he had won this year’s top award.
He said: “I’m over the moon. It came as a surprise to me but I am absolutely delighted to have won the award.
“It’s not just an achievement for me but for the whole IRH site too. It shows the level of work that is going on and the high standard of training I have been given.
“The support I have received has been incredible. The team couldn’t have been more welcoming and have always encouraged me to get involved and ask questions.
“They have helped to give me more confidence in what I am doing too. As I work across both the electrician and engineer teams I have been able to learn so much.
“I’m from Greenock and the IRH is my local hospital, so I also take great pride in knowing that the work I am doing benefits my community.”
Scott is one of 77 apprentices currently working across NHSGGC, with a further 15 set to join teams in the coming weeks.
The 21-year-old joined the four-year programme straight from school and aims to move on to university when he graduates next year.
He said: “I have always had a keen interest and passion for how things work and, at one of our career open days at school, I got chatting to someone from NHSGGC who told me about the apprentice programme. I’m so pleased I applied and was given a place as it’s such a great experience.
“When I graduate I would like to go to university to continue with my studies, but I would like to stay at the IRH too as I have loved every minute of it.”
Ross Campbell, operational estates site manager at IRH, said: “The whole team are so proud of Scott for winning Apprentice of the Year. It’s a fantastic and hugely deserved award.
“From day one, Scott has shown such passion for this work and an appetite to learn as much as he possibly can. We would like to thank Scott and all of our apprentices for their continued hard work. We are delighted to have them as part of our team.”