Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are unique collaborations between existing further education colleges, universities, and leading employers.

Underpinned by £290 million of government investment to fund industry-standard facilities and equipment, IoTs represent an exciting new model for skills delivery.

Focused on strengthening higher technical education, each IoT delivers courses in one or more technical specialisms, providing learners with a route into STEM-based occupations such as automotive engineering, cyber security, agri-tech, aerospace, healthcare and lab science.

Employers can be confident that people studying at an IoT are gaining the skills needed now and in the future. Through our partnerships, we are embracing new technologies, pedagogies and research, which we share across the Institute of Technology Network.



As employer-focused institutions, we are at the forefront of technical education and training. We are also committed to identifying future skills needs, supporting progress by working with national centres of innovation, and ensuring that new and existing staff can solve problems and effect change.


We deliver a range of courses (including T-levels and Bachelor’s degrees) but specialise in higher technical qualifications and higher apprenticeships. We are dedicated to widening opportunities in higher education by offering flexible and affordable qualifications to adults of all ages. We are also committed to addressing the lack of diversity in some parts of the STEM workforce.


We are strongly anchored in our regions, working closely with local employers, business organisations, schools and community groups. But we are also outward-looking and operate as a highly collaborative, national network to share ideas and expertise. The Government has stated its intention that by 2023 there will be an IoT in every area of the country, and the benefits will be felt nationwide.

The Department for education

The Government, through the Department for Education (DfE), established IoTs to deliver world class higher technical education to support the needs of the people and employers in a specific area or region. They are a key component of the 2020 Skills for Jobs White Paper which outlines how the Government plans to provide the technical education and training needed to fill skills gaps, boost economic recovery and secure jobs and opportunities in the future. DfE’s role is to manage the competition process for creating IoTs and to support them through their set-up, strategic planning and early years of operation. It has also provided £170 million to create state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure for the wave 1 IoTs, currently operational, and will provide an additional £120 million to those in wave 2 when they are announced.

Each IoT is awarded a License by DfE that outlines its role and objectives and is signed by all partners in the IoT. You can find out more about IoTs on this website and on gov.uk.

“Institutes of Technology are the pinnacle of technical education, helping to develop the highly-skilled talent pipeline employers will need for the future. By bringing together further education colleges, universities and businesses, Institutes of Technology are unique partnerships which will help to tackle skills shortages in vital sectors, from marine engineering to healthcare, cyber security to agri-tech. Institutes of Technology are also playing a vital role in our multi-billion Plan for Jobs, which is helping to level up opportunities and support people to get the skills they need to get good jobs as we recover from the pandemic.”

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

The Gatsby foundation

This website and the IoT Network is supported by the Gatsby Foundation as part of its work to help transform technical education in England. Gatsby sees IoTs as playing a crucial role in strengthening higher technical education, supporting innovation diffusion, developing new approaches to technical teaching and learning, and exemplifying positive partnerships between further education colleges and universities.

To read more about Gatsby’s work in Education, please visit: www.gatsby.org.uk/education

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