JOBSEEKERS looking for a career in health sciences and care can take part in a new skills and training plan thanks to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The WMCA, in partnership with local employers, training providers and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched the plan, which aims to move residents into key roles in the region and help those already in the sector to develop their careers.
The launch was hosted by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which is leading a programme on behalf of all NHS and Local Authority providers to deliver 100 entry level job opportunities each year for three years for unemployed and young people specifically from economically disadvantaged areas across the region.
The job offer will include jobs in both clinical and non clinical settings for example becoming a health care support worker, pharmacy assistant or theatre porter or business administrator, receptionist or IT apprentice.
The WMCA’s adult education budget, plans to offer a wider range of training at all levels for people looking for their first job or want to start a new career in health or care, and to upskill those already employed in the sector who are looking for promotion or a new job.
There are more than 350 careers in the NHS with approximately 1,900 jobs currently available in the West Midlands, while there are about 9,300 job vacancies in adult social care in the region at any one time.
West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, said: “We know sadly that many people have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, while others who are still in work are feeling uncertain about their future.
“However, opportunities in health and care are continuing to grow, with a huge variety of jobs offering rewarding careers.”