A nursing cadet programme run by the Royal College of Nursing and supported by the King is to be launched in Scotland this weekend.
Some 24 young people are to begin the scheme, which supports 16-25-year-olds to gain skills and experiences that would help a future career in health or social care, in the coming days.
“This is a great opportunity for young people who might not normally consider nursing as a career choice”
The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme was launched in 2019, under a partnership between the then Prince of Wales, now King Charles, and the RCN.
More than 350 young people have engaged in the programme across England and Wales.
This weekend will see 24 young people in Scotland take part in an introduction weekend of activity at Angus and Dundee Army Cadet Force and Glasgow and Lanarkshire Army Cadet Force.
It is also set to launch in Northern Ireland later this year, according to the college.
The scheme, accessed through youth organisations, combines guided online and experiential learning, and includes modules and a clinical observational placement within local health care providers.
Professor Dave Clarke, head of the RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme at the RCN, said: “We are delighted to be launching the scheme in Scotland and look forward to meeting our new nursing cadets this weekend.”
He said the scheme was “making such a difference to the lives of young people, opening doors to careers in health care and teaching vital skills for their future”.
Meanwhile, Colin Poolman, RCN Scotland director, said: “It’s great to see the RCN’s work on the Prince of Wales scheme coming to fruition in Scotland now.
“This is a great opportunity for young people who might not normally consider nursing as a career choice to find out what working in health and social care could offer them.”