MAYOR VISITS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Today, Yeovil College formally announces the launch of the West of England Institute of Technology (IoT), as part of a national recognition of the first 12 IoTs in the UK. To celebrate the launch of our own institute, the Mayor of Yeovil, Cllr Evie Potts-Jones and Managing Director of Jones Building Group, Mark Porter, took time to view our innovative learning spaces and world-leading facilities.
Totalling twenty re-designed and re-purposed spaces, the new employer-focused Institute of Technology at Yeovil College offers top-quality, higher-level technical education and apprenticeships to help plug the local skills gaps, raise productivity and transform opportunities for local people. It is the only Institute of Technology in South Somerset, making it even more critical to our local economy.
The West of England IoT is an innovative partnership between Yeovil College, the University of the West of England, Weston College, Bath College and Gloucestershire College, and a network of key local employers, including Leonardo and Yeovil District Hospital. They specialise in delivering higher technical education and apprenticeships with a focus on STEM subjects like engineering, digital, computing, Creative Industries, engineering and construction.
By providing world-class employer focused technical education, IoTs nationally offer a clear route into high skilled, high wage employment. This will boost both local employment and social mobility across the country.
Mark Bolton, CEO & Principal of Yeovil College, said: “Our Institute of Technology 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 our IoT, we have a four-year accommodation strategy, which we are two years into, totally an incredible £30+ million of capital investment. This is a substantial investment into the next generation of Yeovil College and Yeovil College University Centre students and their future employers. We are building an unrivalled world-leading, 21st Century campus for South Somerset and North and West Dorset – only the best is good enough for our community.”
IoTs are designed to help employers get the skilled workforce they need especially in much sought-after higher technical areas and offer young people a clear path to a rewarding career. They also support those looking to reskill or upskill with a range of technical courses and flexible learning option.