A new skills and training plan developed by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and its partners will help local people to secure thousands of jobs in health sciences and care.
The launch, hosted by University Hospitals Birmingham, which is leading a programme on behalf of Birmingham and Solihull set out how the 100 Jobs programme aims 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.
Some of the roles that will be recruited include: porters, health care support workers, pharmacy assistants, administrative assistants, IT apprenticeships, drivers, warehouse, receptionists, catering assistants.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, 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. That’s why we’ve launched our new health and social care training programme. Not only will this scheme help people find work or upskill in this growing sector, but we can also help address a critically important skills gap in the West Midlands.”