"Institutes of Technology represent the height of technical training. By uniquely bringing together further education colleges, universities and businesses, they ensure people can get the skills they need to progress into higher-skill, higher-wage jobs, and that employers get the talented workforce they need to thrive.
These innovative collaborations will play a vital role in closing the skills gaps in important sectors like construction, digital and advanced manufacturing enabling us to react to the current and future skills needs. Institutes of Technology are also key to our priority of levelling up opportunities for everyone.
The nine new Institutes of Technology currently under development will be a welcome addition to the existing network and I know they will all play a critical role in delivering the skills needed for our future success."
Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Higher and Further 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 £290 million to the IoT Network to create state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.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.