Employers from across the Solent joined City of Portsmouth College (Portsmouth College and Highbury College) to help shape the new T Level qualifications being launched this September.

City of Portsmouth College staff and T Level Health & Science EAB members standing and smiling together at T Level launch.

Representatives from key regional healthcare and science organisations were invited to a working breakfast to develop a range of training pathways for the regions next generation of healthcare professionals.

They included experts from Solent NHS, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, Southampton Hospitals University NHS Trust, Southampton Audiology, Mary Rose Manor, Latham Lodge Nursing Home, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Plans for the new state-of-the-art healthcare training suite were also unveiled.

Located on the 9th floor of iconic Highbury Campus Tower, the circa £400k medical centre will include a four-bay hospital ward specialising in maternity, adult acute, elderly & theatre recovery care, alongside a dispensary, nurses’ station, two bespoke classrooms and a breakout learning area.

T-Level tutor Gemma Conway said: “It’s been fantastic to welcome so many industry experts into the College to not only help us develop the curriculum of our courses, but to also offer our students industry work placements. There are so many amazing job opportunities within the healthcare and healthcare science sectors, and we’re just thrilled to be working with the region’s top employers to promote and celebrate the rewarding careers on offer.”

Nicki Craven, Senior Enterprise and Skills Executive for Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I was really pleased to be part of the Employer Advisory Group to help shape and define the College's new T Level Health and Science curriculum. Healthcare remains a major employer in the region with some 15% of the workforce employed in this key sector. Health and social work has been identified as a core sector for growth in the Solent 2050 Economic Strategy and we will require additional skilled workforce in health and care occupations to meet the region's needs. We have to raise awareness of the vast range of career opportunities available within the Healthcare sector, attract new talent and ensure a qualified workforce for our region - the new T Level provision at City of Portsmouth College will offer a technical and vocational pathway into work for young people, together with valuable work experience opportunities.”

City of Portsmouth College is currently accepting applications for its two new T Level pathways: Healthcare Science and Health & Nursing.

Both courses allow students the freedom to explore the healthcare sector before focusing their interests on a range of areas, including nursing, care work, healthcare science or laboratory science.

The two-year technical qualifications, equivalent to three A Levels, includes a 45-day industry placement giving students on-the-job experience, alongside gaining the skills and knowledge they need to progress straight into employment, an apprenticeship or prepare them for university.

Vice Principal for Young People - Technical & Vocational for City of Portsmouth College Sarah Warren said: “Our new T Level provision will help to deliver work-ready, employable young people, who will help our local economy meet the challenges of the future. We have worked hard to build upon our strong links with regional employers to open some amazing opportunities for our students once they have successfully completed their T Levels with us, including guaranteed interviews with local universities and bespoke routes into higher apprenticeships.”

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  • Date 21/03/2022