York College chosen to host Institute of Technology in £170m government scheme to set young on path to well-paid career

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A Yorkshire college has been chosen to host one of twelve new Institutes of Technology set up across the country to "help end outdated perceptions" that university is the only desirable option.

The institutes, set up with the aim of boosting young people's skills and setting them on a path to a high-skilled, high wage career, will be backed by £170 million of Government investment so they have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

The institutes will be collaborations between universities, further education colleges, and employers including Nissan, Siemens and Microsoft.

They will specialise in delivering higher level technical training in STEM subjects, such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering that will provide employers with the skilled workforce they need.

Among those named is York College, which will work two Yorkshire universities, six local colleges and employers including Skipton Building Society to focus on agri-tech, engineering and manafacturing and digital.

Alongside the University of Hull, York St John University will contribute Higher Education expertise. York College will lead other Further Education providers: Askham Bryan College, Bishop Burton College, Craven College, East Riding College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education and Selby College.

Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College said: “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.”

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "Institutes of Technology will help employers to get the skilled workforce they need, especially in much sought-after STEM skills and will offer young people a clear path to a great, well paid career."

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I firmly believe that education is key to opening up opportunity for everyone - but to give our young people the skills they need to succeed, we need an education and training system which is more flexible and diverse than it is currently.

"These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people."

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: “While investment in further education is desperately needed, this announcement will do nothing for the overwhelming majority of providers and students in technical education.

"The £170 million re-announced today is nowhere near to the £3 billion in real terms cuts to further and adult education since 2010."

The 12 Institutes of Technology are:

- Barking and Dagenham College

- Dudley College of Technology

- Harrow College & Uxbridge College

- Milton Keynes College

- New College Durham

- Queen Mary University of London

- Solihull College & University Centre

- Swindon College

- University of Exeter

- University of Lincoln

- Weston College of Further and Higher Education

- York College