Activate Learning opened its new Care Skills Training Center and Pharmaceutical Sciences Lab at Bracknell and Wokingham College on Thursday 12 May.
The facilities were opened by Gary Headland, CEO of Activate Learning and Alison Webster, Managing Director of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.
Designed in partnership with Syngenta, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England and Skills for Care, the industry-standard facilities will be used by students studying science, health and social care , access to HE healthcare and public service pathways on the Church Road campus.
Nursing professionals from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will also use the Care Skills Training Center as part of their training.
The new facilities include a state-of-the-art lab with industry-standard equipment, an adjoining equipment room, a simulated hospital ward, an immersive environment, and an apartment.
Activate Learning has received around £500,000 from Berkshire LEP through the Government Building Fund for the Care Skills Training Centre. They received £600,000 from Berkshire LEP through the Government Building Fund for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory.
Councilor Ash Merry, Borough Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councilor Isobel Mattick, Mayor of Bracknell Forest and Councilor Dai Roberts, Mayor of the Town of Bracknell attended the event along with representatives from local science companies and from NHS Trusts including Nicky Burns, Chairman of the Thames Valley Federation of Small Businesses, Jim Morton, Head of External Relations and Partnerships, Syngenta, Dr Ajay Sharman, Head of Regional STEM Learning Network, Jacinta George, Managing Director of Reading Science Services, Pearly Thomas, Head of Clinical Education, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Nikki Morgan, Head of Learning and Development, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Teachers from local schools, as well as representatives from Wokingham Careers, the University of Reading and Learning to Work were also present.
Gary Headland, Managing Director of Activate Learning, said:
“We are delighted to open these state-of-the-art facilities which will be of great benefit to our local community here in the Bracknell and Wokingham area.
“Health and science are areas of strategic importance to LEP here and so working with them to provide a joint solution to this challenge is fantastic for us here at Activate Learning.
“This whole project has been done in partnership with our local employer partners in the science and health sectors, so it’s the culmination of a fantastic team effort that will benefit the local community to coming years.”
Alison Webster, Managing Director of Berkshire LEP, said:
“The 2022 LEP Skills Report highlighted the need to promote sectors such as health and social care and life sciences which are experiencing severe labor shortages but are also expected to continue to grow. .
“We know how important it is to inspire our residents and youth to consider careers in the health and social care and life sciences sectors and the facilities created by Activate Learning in conjunction with local employers can transform the way students and professionals can acquire skills. in these sectors.
“The value of continuing education is the combination of quality teaching and the real industry experience of these teachers that meets the skills needs of employers. We are absolutely delighted that these facilities in Bracknell and Wokingham College have been developed in partnership with employers, as they will ensure the development of students who are ready to leave training facilities and enter the workplace.
What does the new Care Skills Training Center offer learners?
The exceptional facilities of the Care Skills Training Center include:
- Simulated hospital ward
- Immersive 360-degree high-tech environment
- An apartment for practicing home care
The simulated hospital ward, with its simulated mannequins, mirrors an actual hospital ward, helping students learn clinical and nursing skills in a safe yet realistic way. The state-of-the-art facility provides learners with the opportunity to practice basic and advanced observation skills, first aid, emergency care, medication administration and wound dressing. Each of the beds is monitored via plasma screens and has computer diagnostic equipment to allow more advanced learners to practice their skills independently.
The 360-degree high-tech immersive environment transforms an ordinary classroom into an exciting and engaging learning environment. Learners can interact, collaborate and engage in complex situations. The facility allows teachers to connect with learners in a way that would not be possible in a traditional learning environment.
The apartment allows students studying our health and public service journeys to get a taste of what it’s like to go to a patient’s home to care for them. It is used as a forensic stage by students studying the new Level 3 Extended Forensic Science degree.
What does the new Applied Science Center offer learners?
The outstanding facilities of the Applied Science Center include:
The laboratory will provide teaching space for hands-on biology work with access to high-tech instruments and industry-standard equipment. The main lab has an adjoining instrument room where our specialist equipment, including the PCR machine, electrophoresis machine and spectrophotometer, is stored so that the equipment is easily accessible from the lab.
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