“Having a facility like this on site will provide lots of benefits for our students, giving them a real life working space to practice their skills”

Retailer Ableworld has teamed up with a local College’s Health and Social Care department to produce a realistic working environment at South Cheshire College for students to develop their skills. The newly launched Skills Development Academy will benefit the local community, patients and students.

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Adam Robinson, Ableworld’s Area Performance Manager and Patrick Grange a Governor of South Cheshire College.

A former classroom in the college has undergone a transformation to accurately replicate a hospital ward and an elderly person’s house. The area will provide students the opportunity to carry out practical work and learn more about hospital & domiciliary care. The facility has been fully fitted with hospital beds, infection control equipment, a hoist along with a reclining bath, a wet room, a rise and recline chair and a stair lift.

Ableworld is sponsoring the new initiative which will be a huge boost for BTEC Health and Social Care students and it will also help the College to develop the range of Higher Education courses on offer, including the HNC and HND in Health and Social Care. The company has also sponsored several pieces of equipment and will  use the space to demonstrate products to its clients and provide specialist training sessions for students, staff and the wider community.

Stacey Rutter, Lecturer in Health and Social Care, said: “We are really excited about this new facility and are very grateful to Ableworld who have played a huge part in helping us to get this project up and running.

“Having a facility like this on site will provide lots of benefits for our students, giving them a real life working space to practice their skills and the room will also benefit the local community as well. Ableworld will also be using the facility to show off their products so this is a win-win situation for both organisations.”

Michelle Mossford, Marketing Manager for Ableworld UK Ltd, said: “We believe this will be an invaluable opportunity for the students in helping them understand the day to day issues that both the disabled and elderly encounter.”

The website for Ableworld is HERE

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