TOP-of-the-range facilities costing £3 million have been opened to help trainee healthcare workers in Sheffield hone their skills.
The investment has been made at Sheffield Council’s Health and Well Being Centre, based at Sheaf Training near the Northern General Hospital, where people starting a career in health and social care are trained in a real-life environment.
The centre has a new colourful nursery classroom, providing an ideal setting for childcare students to learn about creative and educational play for toddlers.
Trainees in hospitality do all the catering and run the centre’s new restaurant.
Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley attended the launch of the centre.
The refurbishment has taken 12 months and was funded by the Department for Education, with work to be carried out by Kier.
The Health and Well Being Centre offers vocational courses in childcare, health and social care, and hospitality.
Courses are aimed primarily at 14- to 19-year-olds but they are open to adult learners too, with the oldest student currently 85.
Those who are still at school spend one day a week at the centre topping up their skills, and getting the opportunity to try out new careers.
Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said the centre was a big boost.
She said: “This is a real investment in our city’s future workforce.
“The new facilities give students the chance to train in real-life work situations.”
The council is seeking further funding of £2.6m from the European Union to fund 10 more training centres around the city.