About 200 jobs are on their way to Birmingham in a £13million development, sparking one of the biggest job creation programmes in the region since the downturn.

Midland-based Restful Homes Group is creating a wide range of full and part-time jobs at two new care homes at Winson Green.

The group has care homes in Birmingham, Tamworth, Lichfield and Cannock. Josh Cawley, director of operations at Restful Homes, said the ageing population and the group’s expansion plans triggered the jobs boom.

“We are constructing two care homes at a cost of £13?million in partnership with Birmingham City Council at Clinton Street beside the canal and within 500 yards of City Hospital.

“The homes will provide accommodation for 167 elderly residents. The first is due in March and the other in June.

“This means we will be creating up to 200 full-time and part-time jobs from managers and deputy managers to nurses and care assistants with a full complement of catering, domestic and laundry and maintenance personnel.”

Mr Cawley said the severe economic downturn had already generated keen interest from job seekers who had been hit by lay-offs as the recession bites.

“We have got quite a lot of interest already and we will be doing some recruitment days in the New Year.”