Through the inclusive partnership between 23 organisations, a curriculum is being developed to provide young people aged 14-19 with access to cutting-edge technology and scientific techniques, unique education methods, and invaluable workplace experience and industry understanding. Students will not only gain a first-rate education; high levels of industry input ensure that they will have the skills to confidently embark on careers in the healthcare and health science sector.
The UTC will provide a high quality learning experience for up to 600 students living in the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and North Worcestershire who are especially interested in pursuing health-focused careers.
The new UTC, which was approved by the Government last year, will be built in High Street, West Bromwich on the former site of Sandwell College and serve 600 pupils and have 60 staff.
It will feature 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.
The £10m project will be built by BAM Construction and the project is set to be delivered so it can open its doors in September 2015.
A key feature of what the UTC will offer will be the opportunities provided by partners and employers. Students will be involved in employer-led technical challenges and be regularly tested through real-life scenarios, interactive study and the use of simulation technology.
There will also be a big focus on giving students practical skills and experience through community based projects and extra-curricular activities.