The Government is set to open 12 new technology institutes across the UK this summer, in a £170m plan designed to funnel young people into higher-skilled digital jobs.
Plans for the so-called “Institutes of Technology” were first mooted more than two years ago, and the competition to host a facility launched in late 2017.
The new institutes, which are being unveiled today, will work closely with universities, further education colleges and employers including Nissan and Microsoft to provide training in a range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and manufacturing) subjects.
The Government plans to invest £170m in the facilities. The 12 new institutes will be located across the UK, including at the University of Exeter, Solihull College & University Centre, and New College Durham. Others will be located in Lincoln and Swindon.
The first of them are expected to open from September this year, and will be open to young people taking T-Levels or A-Levels, helping them move onto higher level technical training such as foundation degrees.
Prime minister Theresa May said the education and training system needed to be “more flexible and diverse than it is currently” to give young people the right skills.
“These new institutes will help end outdated perceptions that going to university is the only desirable route and build a system which harnesses the talents of our young people,” she said.
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