Work is progressing on a new £5m health and social care training centre at the University of Wolverhampton.
The new Marches Centre of Excellence in Health and Social Care at the Telford Campus will provide training facilities for the next generation of key workers.
The Centre, which has received £3.5m Growth Deal funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is set to enable students to gain hands-on, real-life experience of the profession they will enter and ensure they have the skills and knowledge to benefit employers.
The project involves the refurbishment and fit out of existing space in the Angad Paul Building at the Priorslee campus. Work is continuing on schedule, with latest additions to the project including a mezzanine level being installed along with partitions to create a new mock house.
The University already offers Adult Nursing at the Telford Campus, and additional courses on offer will include Paramedic Science, Mental Health Nursing, Social Work Apprenticeship and a range of new Social Care courses.
There are also plans to expand the course offering in the future to include Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.
Tim Steele, pro vice-chancellor, said: “We are delighted with the progress of the new Marches Centre for Excellence in Health and Social Care at the Telford Campus. Our aim is to provide an innovative and technologically advanced learning environment for the next generation of health and social care key workers.
“This Centre will transform the training of professionals for the Marches area and enable us to meet local demand within the health and social care workforce.”
The Centre will proactively address shortfalls in health professionals across the Marches area, with an emphasis on local people and students who will become key workers within the area.
Mandy Thorn, chair of the Marches LEP, said: “This is a hugely important investment in the skills and knowledge of our future health and care workforce and it is excellent to see it starting to take shape and progressing on schedule.”