West Brom UTC looks to a healthy future

A new £10m Health Futures University Technical College (UTC) in West Bromwich has officially opened its doors

The UTC was officially opened by Lord Baker, Chairman of Baker Dearing Educational Trust, and is sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Midcounties Co-operative Pharmacy along with 20 other employer and educational partners including NHS Foundation Trusts in the Black Country and Birmingham.

It offers a range of courses aimed at young people to equip them for careers in the health care and health science professions. 

Robert Fell, Principal Headteacher of the UTC, said:  “It’s been a pleasure to welcome guests, on behalf of Health Futures and our partners, to our official opening and to give them a grand tour.  I am very privileged to be leading the first specialist Health UTC in the country and am proud of the students, staff and partner organisations who are contributing to the success. 

“Aimed at 14 to 19 year-olds, the UTC has a strong focus on science but we also cover a range of traditional subjects at GCSE and A-level, as well as practical and technical qualifications with a view to providing skills for careers in the NHS, health science or pharmaceutical industries.” 

The facilities on offer include science laboratories, simulation and skills units, a mock hospital ward, a visualisation centre, IT suites, class and seminar rooms, café and a rooftop games area and gym. Students attending the UTC have opportunities to experience employer-led, technical challenges alongside real-life scenarios whilst at the same time benefiting from interactive study and the use of simulation technologies. 

For more information please visit: www.healthfuturesutc.co.uk

Picture, from left to right: Robert Fell, Principal Headteacher of the UTC, Dr Andrew Marsh, Chief Executive Officer West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton and Lord Baker, Chairman of the Baker Dearing Trust.

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