Today, the Government have announced that Salford University in partnership with Bury College have awarded their bid to become an Institute of Technology.
Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South has previously lobbied the Department for Education for this university's comprehensive bid which has been developed in cooperation with local employers and is responsive to the needs of industry and individual learners at all stages of their lives.
Commenting, Christian Wakeford MP said:
“I am delighted by today’s announcement that Salford University have been granted the opportunity to become an Institute of Technology. Having lobbied the Department for Education on the bid directly it’s fantastic that Greater Manchester will be at the forefront of the higher technical education revolution in the UK.
“Technical education is the vanguard of the Government’s Levelling Up agenda and this decision will bring huge benefits to our borough through the partnership with Bury College.
“This new institute will deliver higher technical qualifications in health, engineering, manufacturing and digital technology, preparing our young people for the 21st century British economy.”
As IoTs are employer-led, they can react quickly to the current and evolving technical skills needs of an area. Institutes of Technology are unique collaborations between employers, colleges and universities that specialise in offering high-quality Higher Technical Education and training, which will deliver the skilled workforce businesses need and get more people into jobs closer to home.
Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi said:
“Ensuring everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter their age or life stage, is a vital part of our mission to level up this country.
“These measures, including our new short courses and nine new Institutes of Technology, will boost access to more high-quality and flexible education and training – giving people the chance to learn at a pace that is right for them while ensuring we have the skilled workforce needed to boost our economy.”
The Chancellor announced in the Budget that an extra £1.6 billion would be invested in 16-19 education and training by 2024-25 compared with the 2021-22 financial year. Today the Department for Education has published details of how £615 million of that funding will be invested next year.