Balhousie Clement Park welcome Swedish students for work experience in the care industry

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Clement Park welcomed three Swedish students on a three-week work experience course in partnership with Dundee and Angus College.

Elin Rosen, Fortuna Teferi and Wilma Rham, all 18, spent time within the 49-bed care home, providing support and learning about the different aspects of the care environment. The students are all currently enrolled in the vocational Health and Social Care programme at Torsbergsgymansiet in Bollnäs, Sweden. By the end of the three-year course, they will be qualified as assistant nurses.

Balhousie Clement Park and Dundee and Angus College work closely together to help provide students with practical work experience within the care industry. Margaret Stephen, Home Manager at Balhousie Clement Park, commented:

“Elin, Fortuna and Wilma quickly became part of the team here at Clement Park. They’ve shown a real passion for the care industry and helping others and it’s clear to see that they want to learn as much as possible during their time with us.”

Margaret continued:

“Being able to give young students the chance to get some hands-on experience is really important and something we always welcome here at Clement Park. It has been especially nice to be able to share a little of the dedication and passion of the team with the students, who have come all the way to Dundee from Sweden.”

The exchange programme is supported by Erasmus+, a European funding project that institutions can apply to for support in sending students and staff abroad for placement or short-term knowledge exchange. Dundee and Angus College has been working with Bollnäs Mincipality in Sweden for the past couple of years, welcoming four care students to Dundee last year.

Speaking of the opportunity, student Elin Rosen commented: “This opportunity is something I am very grateful for and something I had been looking forward to since I first heard about it.”

Fortuna Teferi added: “I really do hope that by coming to Scotland, I get the chance to learn about other health care and I go back to Sweden with more experience – which I am sure I will.”