East Midlands teenagers inspired by the healthcare workers and scientists saving lives in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic are being offered an exciting new careers pathway.

A new education and technical skills programme, backed by the region’s top healthcare employers, is opening at UTC Derby Pride Park, on Locomotive Way, this September.

UTC Derby Pride Park is a technical school for 13 to 19-year-olds that specialises in engineering and is launching a second specialism in health and life sciences from this September 2020.

The Derbyshire Health and Life Sciences Academy at the UTC will equip students with the skills they need to go into careers in health, life sciences, wellbeing and social care.

Backed by the University of Derby, the initiative is launching in partnership with Joined Up Care Derbyshire, which comprises health and social care employers in the region.

Susan Spray, programme lead for Joined Up Careers Derbyshire said: “It has been our pleasure to work with the UTC team in a collaborative and innovative way. We are delighted to see plans coming together for the launch of the new academy, providing a new approach, improving the reach and impact of recruitment and careers development activity across the health and social care sectors in Derby and Derbyshire.”