Universities, Colleges and Employer partners sign multi-million pound partnership deal for South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT)
The SWIOT is a unique collaboration between a number of partner organisations, including the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Bridgwater & Taunton College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc and Truro & Penwith College, each investing in the development of state-of-the-art facilities for training in technical subjects to create Britain’s next generation of highly skilled technicians and engineers. The SWIOT also draws on expertise from a group of ‘anchor employers’ who will lead its strategic direction and ensure focus on the latest industry skills – they include Oxygen House and the Met Office in Exeter, Babcock in Plymouth and TDK Lambda in Ilfracombe, with investment from the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for the Heart of the South West and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Catering for up to 2,500 students in apprenticeship and full-time courses, from post-16 to Masters degree level, the SWIOT’s combined facilities will match the best available in the UK and help put the South West region at the forefront of digital and engineering education. They will include virtual and augmented reality environments, digital learning laboratories, artificial intelligence arenas, new clean workspaces, workshops, emergent manufacturing spaces with industry level equipment, and shared learning spaces.
Sean Mackney, Principal and CEO at Petroc said “The Institute of Technology will provide employers in Northern and Mid Devon with the trained workforce that is so critically needed to meet the skills shortages across our world class engineering, manufacturing and digital businesses. We are sure that being part of this prestigious programme, with the investment it brings, will inspire people to reskill, upskill and develop their careers in the local area, supporting enhanced productivity and business growth.”