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NHS Lothian - Progress Your Potential

NHS Lothian are delighted to announce they are recruiting to Progress Your Potential, a new and exciting employability programme involving a 6-month paid work placement within NHS Lothian.

The programme provides the opportunity to gain essential skills for the workplace and gain a qualification that will support any future career or education progression. This will be provided by the experience gained in the workplace and completing education provided by Edinburgh College and Tree of Knowledge.

A variety of roles will be available including:

  • Administrative Assistants
  • Play Workers
  • Activity Co-ordinators

To be considered for these roles, you must:

  • Be between 16 – 24 years of age
  • Be living in the following council areas: City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, East Lothian Council or West Lothian Council
  • Have lived experience of the care system in Scotland (e.g., experience of the hearings system, received support from a social worker and possibly lived away from your biological parents. This can include kinship care, foster care, secure care, residential care or being looked after at home)

Due to the nature of the program, the transition to employment within the NHS and the education the young person will be expected to complete, it would be beneficial for any applicant to already have a mentor or key worker they work with at the time of application. However, if you do not have anyone already in place, this does not mean you cannot apply.

NHS Lothian are recruiting to these posts based on your potential to contribute to our high-quality patient care as well as the demonstration of personal values aligned to those of our organisation: NHS Lothian Values(this will open in a new window).

Please visit the NHS Scotland website(this will open in a new window) and read all attachments to the advert in full as this gives helpful information on how to complete the application form as well as what is expected within the Progress Your Potential roles. Please note that CV's will not be considered as part of the application process.

Please visit Progress Your Potential(this will open in a new window) for more details, including recordings of an information session and a guide to applying. If you have any queries or would like to arrange an information meeting to discuss this opportunity, please email

The recruitment process will consist of various stages, all of which are mandatory.:

  • Thursday 23rd June 2022 - Information Session to be held via MS Teams 1400 - 1600
  • Tuesday 28th June 2022 - In Person Group Assessment
  • Wednesday 29th June 2022 - In Person One to One Interview

Candidates who are successful in interview will be expected to start in NHS Lothian on Monday 22nd August 2022. NHS Lothian are not able to alter this date.

Contract length

Fixed-term - 6 months (30 hours per week)


Band 2 (£19,609 - £21,615)


NHS Lothian

Closing date

17th June 2022

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