The first of the district’s Industrial Centres of Excellence were set up in 2013 as a way of plugging gaps in certain industries in Bradford. Existing centres focus on construction, business and engineering.
Now an Industrial Centre of Excellence for Health & Social Care has been set up as a partnership between health trusts, local schools and Bradford Council.
The industrial centres of excellence are for people aged 14-19, based over different sites, and offer young people work placements, business mentoring, visits to local employers and advice on the best way to get a career in their chosen industry.
The Health and Social Care ICE brings together the Bradford District Care Trust, Better Start Bradford, Airedale Health Trust, Bradford Council, Children’s Place Nurseries, the Skills for Care Sector Council., Bradford Academy, Bradford College, the University of Bradford, Parkside School in Cullingworth and Bradford Girls Grammar School.
The ICEs have been delivering industry led programmes for the last three years, with over 3,000 students studying technical based study programmes in the sectors that were deemed as being key to developing future prosperity in Bradford. It was hoped that they would help Bradford “grow its own” workforce in areas where it was lacking. The scheme involves 18 schools across the district.