Skills Gaps in Care Sectors Present Students with Career Opportunities

Skills Gaps in Care Sectors Present Students with Career Opportunities1

Former Walsall College Childcare student, Manjinder Bal, 19, is now working as an apprentice Learning Support Practitioner at a primary school

Walsall College is looking to speak to students interested in health, social care and childcare careers at its open evening, taking place on Thursday 17th March, 4-7pm, about the wide range of opportunities available in the sector due to growing skills shortages.

With a growing population and increased focus on improving public health across the West Midlands, jobs in the health, care and education sectors are expected to increase by 58,000 (11%) by 2022, making it the region’s largest industry in terms of employment.*

Head of Curriculum for Health at Walsall College, Jo Parton, said: “Careers in the care sectors can be both varied and very rewarding, as no one day is the same and the professions allow people to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

“Whether it’s teaching a young child new skills or nursing a patient back to good health, careers are available in a wide range of roles and settings. And with the expected growth in jobs, there has never been a better time to enter the sector and gain the skills and qualifications needed to succeed.”

The college offers a number of full-time, part-time, higher education and apprenticeship courses in areas including health and social care, teaching, childcare, pharmacy and dental, which can lead to employment or further study in these sectors.

Skills Gaps in Care Sectors Present Students with Career Opportunities2

Former Walsall College Childcare student, Manjinder Bal, 19, is now working as an apprentice Learning Support Practitioner at a primary school

Former Walsall College Health Professions student, Jardine Lewis, 29, progressed to university to study Paramedic Science and is well on the way to achieving her ambition.

She said: “The course at Walsall College was very challenging in its approach but definitely the best thing I have done. It was hard but also very rewarding and fun. Once I’ve achieved my degree, I’d love to become a motorbike first response paramedic and part of the air ambulance crew in the future. I’ve already gained a lot of experience working with the West Midlands Ambulance Service as part of my placement.”

Former Walsall College Childcare student, Manjinder Bal, 19, is now working as an apprentice Learning Support Practitioner at a primary school. He said: “From day one at Walsall College I felt I was gaining the right skills and knowledge to help me move forward with my goals. The tutors were amazing and used their own industry experience to provide examples of scenarios which occur in early years settings.

“Doing a placement in a local school as part of the course gave me a feel for what working in the education sector is really like and the challenges that come with it. I was able to apply the classroom lessons to real life situations and it’s this experience that helped me to get my apprenticeship and continue my journey towards a rewarding career.

“In my role I’m constantly interacting with children who have mixed abilities and learning about their individual needs, and every day is different which I enjoy.”

There are still places available on Walsall College’s Health, Social Care and Childcare courses. To find out more or to apply, visit www.walsallcollege.ac.uk or attend the open day on Thursday 17th March, 4pm – 7pm. A presentation on the benefits of apprenticeships will be delivered at 5pm at the college’s Wisemore Campus.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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