ENL UTC welcomed Care Plus Group CEO Jane Miller to officially open their Health Sciences & Social Care suite ahead of the brand-new specialism launching this September. Jane Miller visited alongside Sharon Stead to tour the campus, officially open the rooms with ribbon cuttings and to visit the lorry load of care items Care Plus Group kindly donated to help our future healthcare heroes start their journey into the world of health and social.
Care Plus Group is an organisation working in communities across North East Lincolnshire. They are a social business that provides a wide range of adult health and social care services to people across our community. Care Plus Group is a Community Benefit Society – any profit they make they reinvest back into the development and delivery of health and care services.
Jane Miller, Chief Executive of Care Plus Group said:
“I am delighted that as a Core Industry Partner, Care Plus Group can support the UTC to implement their Health, Social Care and Science curriculum and support young people to enable them to access a career in health and social care. Our Employability Services Team works closely with the UTC on employability initiatives and supporting skills gaps to ensure the students are given the opportunity to enter the workplace with the right skills. This is a fantastic development for young people and very much needed for the health and care sector.
Care Plus Group kindly offered for ENL UTC to visit and label a wide range of different surplus equipment they had from use in care homes, to be delivered by lorry to the UTC which has formed 2 care suites and a doctor’s surgery on the top floor of the school.
Jane Miller said: “Care Plus Group was able to donate items of unused equipment to enable the UTC to develop a simulated care suite and doctor’s surgery to support students learning in a practical environment. The items we donated were surplus to our requirements when we moved one of our services to a new base last year and we’re pleased they are being used to benefit students who will become the future health and social care workforce.”
The new specialism has been put in place to provide the same kind of hands-on STEM education for health sciences and social care that the UTC currently offers for Engineering, providing pathways for young people aged 13-18 in North Lincolnshire. With the Coronavirus pandemic highlighting the importance of STEM-related skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in all their forms over the last year, we continue to play a vital role in building the local STEM skills capabilities that the country needs now and for our future workforce.
Principal of ENL UTC, Anesta McCullagh said: “We are so proud to have Care Plus Group on board as our sixth core partner. I am looking forward to expanding our unique STEM offer alongside Care Plus Group that will help our young people develop the sought-after skills, confidence and qualifications that will put them miles in front of others when it comes to applying for future apprenticeships, jobs and university places.
“The support and equipment that Care Plus Group have kindly given us will help to deliver the same high standard in our brand-new health sciences & social care pathway that we currently deliver with our engineering. It was great to have Sharon and Jane attend the UTC and see first-hand the difference their donations have made. We look forward to continuing the great working relationship we have.”
Applications are still open to join ENL UTC’s new specialism in September and can be found at www.enlutc.co.uk/apply or by calling 01724 878100.