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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian Welcomes Announcement that York College is to be made an Institute of Technology

April 12, 2019

The Department for Education announced on Wednesday that York College will be amongst the first twelve further education providers in the country to be made an Institute of Technology (IoT).

IoTs will be a new kind of employer led institution offering top-quality, higher level technical education. They will be formed from collaborations between universities, colleges and employers in order to promote the skills that employers need in sectors such as digital, engineering and advanced manufacturing. Julian has long campaigned in Parliament for the Government to prioritise technical education given the need for a competitive post-Brexit workforce and back in July 2018 urged the Business Secretary to bring forward the introduction of the first batch of IoTs.

 

After hearing the announcement Julian said:

‘I welcome the news that York College has been chosen by the Government to be one of the first wave of 12 new Institutes of Technology, backed with £9 million of new funding. These institutes will offer university-level qualifications, in close cooperation with local employers, to develop a world-class technical education system that supports young people to move into skilled jobs, ultimately increasing wages and productivity.

I have raised improving technical education at Prime Minister’s Questions and with other Ministers, and am glad that York will be able to lead the way on this, with the new Institute focusing on engineering, digital and agricultural technology to meet the needs of our region.’