New ‘Institutes of Technology’ to produce skilled workers to benefit South West economy

Thursday 11th April 2019

The first 12 Institutes of Technology across the country include two in the westcountry – the University of Exeter and Weston College of Further and Higher Education. They will specialise in higher level training in STEM subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering backed by £170m of government funding. This is designed to ensure that young people have the skills to build rewarding careers, whilst benefiting the regional economy by providing the skilled workers businesses need to become more productive. For the fuller picture please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media Ltd today.

Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 11th April 2019




First Institutes of Technology revealed

The first 12 employer-led Institutes of Technology, designed to provide higher level technical education to help close skills gaps in key STEM areas, have been revealed.

The institutes will be collaborations between universities, further education colleges, and employers including the likes of Nissan, Siemens and Microsoft.

They will specialise in higher level technical training (at Level 4 and 5) in STEM subjects, such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The institutes will be backed by £170m of government investment to ensure they have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

The 12 successful applicants are: Barking & Dagenham College, Dudley College of Technology, HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College), Milton Keynes College, New College Durham, Queen Mary University of London, Solihull College & University Centre, Swindon College, University of Exeter, University of Lincoln, Weston College of Further and Higher Education and York College.

Education secretary Damian Hinds said: "These new Institutes of Technology will be the pinnacle of technical training – new collaborations between universities, colleges and business to make sure young people have the skills they need to build a well-paid rewarding, career, while the economy gains the skilled workers it needs to be more productive."

Matthew Fell, CBI chief UK policy director, said: "Expanding high-quality technical education and training is a top priority for employers who will welcome this extra investment."Institutes of Technology help bridge the gap between A-Levels or T-Levels, and a bachelors or degree apprenticeship – providing higher-level skills, especially in STEM, that businesses tell us time and again they need to succeed. These new Institutes must also help ensure T-Levels are a long-lasting part of our education system and open the door to great careers or further training."