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Craven College becomes Institute of Technology

Craven College becomes Institute of Technology

Published at 1:26pm 10th April 2019.

Craven College to form Institute of Technology in Yorkshire which will offer young people an alternative to university

  • Craven College is one of 9 colleges and further education centres forming an Institute of Technology in Yorkshire.
  • 12 IOTs are being set up nationally.
  • They are designed to offer young people an alternative to university and increase higher level technical skills for employers.

Craven College is part of a consortium of Colleges in the region which will form an Institute of Technology in Yorkshire which will offer young people an alternative to university.

It's part of a partnership of colleges and universities across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Department of Education has approved the collaboration of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT).

This is one of twelve IOTs nationally, which are designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.

In addition, the government says the aim of the IOTs is to put teenagers on a path to a high-skilled, high wage career.

Yorkshire IOT

The Yorkshire and Humber in Yorkshire will bring capital investment of circa £10million into the region for partners to invest in industry standard equipment and provide higher level technical training.

This massive training boost will enhance employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the regions’ employers.

Working alongside University of Hull and York St John University, those who will jointly deliver the IoT in Yorkshire and the Humber include:

  • York College
  • Askham Bryan College
  • Bishop Burton College
  • Craven College
  • East Riding College
  • Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
  • Selby College.

The bid has received significant levels of employer support.

Digital and Engineering businesses ViSR, CATCH, Skipton Building Society, GB Recruitment and ENGIE Fabricom recognised the need for investment in education to address their wider skills shortages and have been signed up as employer partners to be involved in designing the appropriate curriculum, supported by research from the universities.

These employers will be part of the governance of the IoT to ensure continued collaboration and long term benefits for the region.

Andrew Cropley, Principal of Craven College said:

"This is a really important development for Craven College. We already have very well established IT and computing courses, but this new investment will enable us to create a whole new computing suite to enable students to develop up to date Digital Skills. Working with our rapidly growing number of employer partners will ensure that our curriculum is designed and delivered to create future employees with the skills businesses require locally and regionally."

Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College says:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Further and Higher Education providers to develop this prestigious Institute of Technology. This is a once in a generation, transformational opportunity which will focus on developing higher level technical skills across the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and North Humberside area.

"The work we do will be supported by significant capital investment and will improve the level of skills, increase productivity, and make a real difference to the success of the region. We are hugely grateful to our employer partners for their support in putting together this bid and are really looking forward to making our plans a reality.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP said:

“Ensuring people across the North can build the skills they need to secure high-value jobs and reach their full potential is at the heart of our vision for the Northern Powerhouse.

“The new Institutes of technology are an investment in the future of the Northern Powerhouse and further evidence of the North being at the heart of the UK’s thriving technology sector.”


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