The government has announced the locations of 12 “Institutes of Technology” in England, intended to provide high-quality skills training. The aim is to offer young people a vocational alternative to universities. Employers will support the institutes, most of which will be based around existing colleges and universities.
Prime Minister Theresa May said “they would end outdated perceptions that were biased against vocational skills.”
The institutes will be the “pinnacle of technical training”, said Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
The introduction of a network of Institutes of Technology aims to create a high-quality route to gain skills and technical qualifications, comparable to going to university. They will begin opening from the autumn, supported by funding of £170m. The institutes, based in further education colleges and universities, will each have an industry specialism, and use the expertise of relevant employers.
The leads to set up the Institutes of Technology are:
- Barking and Dagenham College, east London
- Dudley College of Technology, west Midlands
- Harrow College and Uxbridge College, west London
- Milton Keynes College, Buckinghamshire
- New College Durham, north-east England
- Queen Mary University of London, east London
- Solihull College and University Centre, west Midlands
- Swindon College, Wiltshire
- University of Exeter, Devon
- University of Lincoln
- Weston College of Further and Higher Education, Somerset
- York College, York