The East is rallying strong support from MPs and Industry to create an Institute of Technology to train future technicians and engineers

24th January 2018

West Suffolk College is leading a collaborative East Anglian bid to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ in the East to train future technicians and engineers at Levels 4 and above. In partnership with The College of West Anglia, East Coast College, Easton and Otley College, Suffolk New College and numerous Sixth Forms across the Eastern region; West Suffolk College is bidding for a slice of £170 million fund that the Government is promising to six to ten institutes.

The East’s Institute of Technology seeks to provide the region with a sustainable supply of technical professionals to support our economy’s advanced manufacturing, engineering, energy and digital businesses. The curriculum would be created in close partnership with anchor industry and business partners to ensure that our graduates are work-ready and highly skilled with the technical higher-level qualifications needed by industry.

What’s more, the Institute of Technology will build on the great work currently underway across our region to support all stages of the education journey; to create a sustainable virtuous ‘pipeline’ where the institute’s partners work with and train primary and secondary school teachers in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and math’s subjects with the aim of raising aspirations and attracting students into the industries.

So far the bid has received strong support from across the region and is backed by 12 MPs from across the East; as well as from local SME and multi-national businesses; local councils; the Chamber of Commerce and our Universities. West Suffolk College is now expanding the invitation to other interested businesses who may wish to join in the planning of the East’s Institute of Technology. To find out more, please contact gary.jefferson@wsc.ac.uk