Yeovil College is developing an estates strategy to deliver a 21st Century learning experience. Learning environments are changing and the expectations of learners and teachers are shifting; and for the benefit of our community, we need to shift further still. We are two years into a five-year accommodation strategy which underpins higher ambition and greater expectation for our learners. This is important to us, our business and to our wider community.
What is IoT?
Yeovil College is one of only 12 ‘Institute of Technologies’ (IoT) Centres in the country, and the only one locally in South Somerset and Dorset. This means that we have received a share of £190 million of IoT funding to significantly reshape, redesign and develop our campus to create a hub of technological innovation, which is even more reflective of the industries in which our students choose to develop their careers. The impact of being part of this digital partnership can be seen across our entire campus.
Our journey so far
How learners engage with their learning is changing and technology enabled learning is altering needs. Ensuring that the time in ‘taught sessions’ is as effective as possible requires the time students spend outside of taught sessions to be considered more. Our ambition is to ensure every learner fulfils their potential, and to do this we need to support our learners to continue their journey in their own time. We need to develop the estate so that we can provide a blend of formal and informal learning and collaboration spaces so that there is provision to enable learners and staff to be on campus flexibly enjoying ‘taught time’, guided and supervised learning and self-directed study. Learners will elect to spend more time on campus blurring the lines between learning and living. Spaces that enable learners to study, socialise, eat and drink will be a key component of our new estate which reflects our ‘only the best is good enough’ ethos.Learn More
Business community support?
The changes to our curriculum and campus have been driven by our local business community, big and small. Businesses connected to advanced manufacturing, aerospace, health & science, creative industries, technology and transport have all been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and contributing to the Yeovil College students experience in recent years. The further input from our business community to direct and shape the investment has been vital. All of the sectors which significantly contribute to the improved economic impact in our local economy are receiving investment. This will provide the best equipment available, giving employees in these businesses access to learning environments which are unrivalled and accelerating workforce development to provide increased prosperity.
What facilities will be created?
Workshops and work spaces
- Health, Education and Science Centre planned for 2021, creating cutting edge laboratories, new clinical training suites, dental laboratory, early year’s education facility and environmental science arena.
- Aerospace and advanced manufacturing Academy with leading edge CAD suite, industry standard materials and research lab including, large scale 3D printing, wind tunnel, materials testing rigs, gas turbine and electronics lab.
- Light Vehicle Technology Centre planned for September 2022, delivering sustainable technology and advanced diagnostic training resources for the modern world.
- Computing and Digital Industry Laboratory to support new Cyber Security and Software Engineering programmes.
- Digital design and creative laboratories with new materials design and production capability, virtual and augmented reality creation and immersion booths. Industry standard motion graphic and media creation studios to deliver inspirational creative industries education and training.
- Planned for Sept 2023, there will be a significantly extended construction facility, brand new training kitchens, hair and beauty salons and business hub serving the professional business service sector creating the next generation of leaders in our business community.
Over the next two years, additional student and staff spaces which reflect the highest quality education and business environments will be created; where work, study and social spaces merge to provide 21st Century working environments to rival the very best available.
Social spaces are being completely overhauled. Students will be able to work and collaborate in purpose built digital cafes located throughout the campus and supported by staff, meaning that they can make the most of their learning in inspirational environments.
The benefit to students
With access to learning both in the classroom, and remotely using our digital learning technologies, collaborating with other students studying in other locations across the IoT region, this is the place to support your future workforce. Our students will have access to the very finest and most cutting-edge IT systems, software and innovative technology, enabling them to develop strong and extremely sought-after employablity skills. Students can expect unrivalled learning environments on their doorstep,; approved by and developed with the support of local and regional employers. The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
Which sectors are being supported by IoT?
The Yeovil College IoT will support workforce development across several sectors:
- Creative Industries and Digital,
- Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Engineering
- Health and Sciences
The College will be delivering Higher Apprenticeships, Degrees and Degree Apprenticeships within these three sectors, whilst more courses focused upon supporting our local business community will be developed as our IoT partnership evolves.
Discover the full listing of courses covered below.Learn More
“Our IoT funding is part of a cohesive vision to reshape our higher education and technical curriculum. It will assist to significantly reshape, redesign and develop our campus to create a hub of technological innovation, which is even more reflective of the industries in which our students choose to develop their careers. In additional to IoT, we have plans for a further £7.5 million of capital investment, forming a substantial investment and part of our campus redevelopment plan which will provide a facility to deliver the very best for South Somerset and North and West Dorset – only the best is good enough for our community.
The next generation will be fully equipped to apply their skills increase productivity and position the region as the ‘creators and makers’ of the future.
We believe agility and collaboration are key attributes required by the business community now and in the future. Our new facilities are designed to encourage this and build these working practices into the everyday experience for our learners and staff, embedding these key characteristics in all who are part of our college community.”