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Government launches competition for new Institutes of Technology

Matteo Natalucci Published 18 December 2017

£170m contest aims to bridge the country’s technical and digital skills gaps


The Department for Education (DfE) has opened up an opportunity for Higher Education and Further Education providers and employers to apply for capital funding to create new institutions that will help bridge the country’s digital skills gap.

The £170m fund wants to establish prestigious new Institutes of Technology, which will specialise in delivering new higher level technical and digital skills that employers need.

The government wants businesses and education and training providers to work together to deliver relevant digital to learners that are highly sought after by employers, notably in technical disciplines and particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) areas.

These new institutions will help tackle the skills gap at a local, regional and national level and extend opportunity to thousands of people.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said, “Institutes of technology will play a vital role driving our skills revolution with business and unlocking the potential of our country’s young people through better technical education. By bridging the country’s skills gaps, these new institutions will drive growth and widen opportunity”.

The competition for new Institutes of Technology is one of the skills reforms outlined by Greening last month at the Department for Education’s  Skills Summit which brought together education experts and some of the country’s top employers to forge a new alliance to enhance the country’s technical and digital skills.

The DfE expects the first Institute of Technology to be opened in 2019.

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