Maria Caulfield MP has praised East Sussex College and Plumpton College for their success in the first stage of the Government’s £120m competition to establish the next wave of Institutes of Technology (IoTs) across the country.
IoTs are a new type of institution, formed from collaborations between employers, Further Education providers, and Higher Education providers. IoTs will be the pinnacle of technical training; offering higher technical STEM education and training (mainly at Levels 4 and 5) in key sectors such as Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing and Information and Communication Technology, and will play a key role in rebuilding the economy after coronavirus. IoT provision will be tailored to meet the specific skills needs of their areas, so they can help strengthen local economies by delivering the skills that local employers need.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I am so pleased that East Sussex College and Plumpton College have passed the first stage to becoming Institutes of Technology. The proposals will see both colleges working closely with further education and higher education partners as well as employers. This would be great news for students present and future, giving them even more brilliant opportunities to gain qualifications and experiences to further their careers.”