Redundant Rover workers are being urged not to rule out a new career in the health sector.
A £750 million scheme to revolutionise hospital and healthcare facilities in Birmingham and Sandwell will create hundreds of jobs - ranging from construction to patients services.
Antony Sumara, chief executive of Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, suggested most people do not need a medical degree to work in a hospital.
He said: "If Asda or Tesco were to open a superstore it would create real excitement and people would be clamouring for jobs.
"Whatever option the public choose, £750 million is a lot of money and that will help create a lot of jobs and spark off regeneration in these areas.
"We would love to achieve something like that but the idea that you need to have a medical degree to work in health is an utter myth.
"We will need individuals with technical skills and there must be people who worked at Longbridge who have similar skills."
He added: "It doesn't matter if they come from manufacturing or engineering we can train them, help them to adapt existing or learn new skills.
"This isn't about university and medical degrees - it's about creating new opportunities and, in the process, helping people make the most of their abilities."