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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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February 11, 2020

Last week, Julian visited York College to formally open their new Institute of Technology (IoT) facilities.

In April of last year, the Government announced that the college had been selected to lead the development of the first IoT in the Yorkshire and Humber region. IoTs are a new concept which see local colleges, universities and businesses work together to offer high-quality technical education and provide the skills required in the regional economy.

The courses based at York College will focus on engineering and digital technologies, with the new facilities including a state-of-the-art cyber security lab.
Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive of York College said:

“Working closely with employers we want to make sure our students are learning the higher level technical skills they need for future employment. Being part of the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology has enabled the College to invest in advanced engineering and digital technologies to support the delivery of those skills. The event was a great opportunity for employers in the region to see how they can benefit from the higher level digital and engineering technical skills being delivered by the Institute of Technology at York College.”

Speaking at the opening, Julian said:

“It is a great privilege to have been asked to open the new Institute of Technology here at York College. For those of us who have been campaigning for increased investment in technical education for some time, IoT’s represent a significant step forward and I am delighted that York has been chosen to develop one of the very first.

The IoT will be instrumental in providing the high-quality skills that local businesses across a variety of sectors are telling us they need to boost their productivity. I wish York College and its local partners every success in developing this exciting new model.”