Part 1: Introduction to Talent Bank Concept and Demographics

Talent Bank - a dynamic, innovative education experience for 16 -19  year olds invites views on its plans.
 
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The Talent Bank represents an innovative and radical new learning facility for 16 to 19 years olds, specialising in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and skills for the life and health science industry, which is set to open in Singleton hospital, Swansea in September 2018.
 
The organisations behind Talent Bank - are ARCH as Lead Sponsor, together with Swansea University,  Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Gower College and employer partners such as global companies; Fujitsu, Intel, GSK and GE Healthcare as well as local employers.
 
The sponsors are inviting all those interested in the Talent Bank from prospective students and their parents, to local residents and businesses, and employers in the life and health science sector, to give their views on the plans. Key features of the Educational Vision are that the Talent Bank will offer:
 
- A unique new model of learning that brings together academic and practical elements to generate technical solutions to real-world life and health science challenges.
 
- A curriculum that is focused on employer-endorsed Industry Challenges. A programme of master-classes and mentorship that will develop students' skills, knowledge, understanding, behaviours and attitudes - preparing them for careers, apprenticeships and/or higher level training in sectors that demand the application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
 
- Learning outcomes that will enable students to gain core STEM A levels, alongside vocational and work based qualifications and experience and involvement with the industry.

The initial Talent Bank facility will be located in a new, bespoke 600 m2 new build alongside an extension to the School of Medicine at Swansea University and Pathology Department at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. This will provide a truly iconic learning environment with state of the art technology and laboratories and learning spaces with access to academic and clinical expertise and resources and facilities ordinarily not made available to young students at this age. The Talent Bank Admissions Policy is designed to open up the opportunities provided to a wide spectrum of young people:

•  The Talent Bank catchment area will extend across Swansea and includes parts of Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire;

•  New admissions will be available for a first intake in September 2018:

•  Year 12, with 50 places being available in the first year reflecting the 2-year nature of Talent Bank programmes; In September 2019 a further cohort of up to 50 learners will be recruited to a facility maximum of 100

•  Further facilities are planned at the Health & Wellness Village in Carmarthenshire and at Morriston Hospital in subsequent years

•  Admissions will be in accordance with a set Admissions Code

A wide range of partners are now being invited to help shape the Talent Bank’s bold and exciting vision to equip young people with the skills needed for these strategically important sectors for the local and regional economy, by completing the Talent Bank consultation survey which  is available online at: http://www.talentbank.wales/public-consultation

The consultation will be for a period of four weeks starting on 20th March and finishing on 20th  April 2017. The purpose of the consultation is to receive feedback on the proposal to create a Talent Bank facility and for the responses to inform any future planning.

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1. Gender

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2. Age

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3. To enable us assess our potential catchment area please provide first three digits of your post

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