About Institutes of Technology

Located across England, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a national network of experienced education providers and leading industry employers, working in close partnerships to deliver world-class technical education and training.

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Supporting Productivity

Backed by £290 million government investment in our state-of-the-art technology, each Institute of Technology (IoT) focuses on one or more specialisms including – medical engineering, high-value manufacturing, cloud networking and healthcare. We aim to fill immediate skills gaps while also building a pipeline of talent for the future. With employers as core partners and members of our governing bodies, we are committed to identifying future skills needs and supporting technological innovation to drive economic growth, both locally and nationally.

Increasing Opportunity

Our network delivers high-quality training and education across a range of courses (including T-levels and bachelor’s degrees), but we specialise in Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs), professional training 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.

Serving Communities

Rooted within our regions, we work closely with local employers, business organisations, schools, and community groups to offer more career opportunities to those living and working locally. But collectively, we also operate as an outward-looking and highly collaborative national network to share ideas and expertise and work with employers nationally.

The Department for Education

A key Government manifesto commitment, Institutes of Technology were established by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver world-class higher technical education - helping to increase the supply of high-skilled technicians across key industries that our economy needs. 

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, increase productivity and secure jobs in the future.  

Each IoT is awarded a license by DfE that outlines its role and objectives and is signed by all partners in the IoT. The Network has access to a £300 million capital funding pot to create state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities and infrastructure in which to deliver this learning. The DfE’s ongoing role is to provide support and challenge to ensure the successful delivery of their proposals in line with programme policy objectives. Further information can be found on gov.uk

The Gatsby Foundation

The National Network of Institutes of Technology 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. This website is funded and managed by Gatsby to showcase the combined scale and scope of the IoT Network and to help prospective learners and employers find and connect with their local IoT or work with the Network.

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