14th November 2019
York College is welcoming its first students to the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology.
York College is leading a consortium of colleges in the region to develop the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, which is one of twelve Institutes of Technology across the country designed to increase higher level technical skills for employers.
The Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology brings investment of circa £10 million of capital funding into the region for partners to invest in industry standard equipment to provide higher level technical training. This massive training boost will enhance employment opportunities and ensure highly qualified employees for the regions’ employers.
York College is working alongside eight other educational partners: Askham Bryan College, Bishop Burton College, Craven College, East Riding College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education and Selby College, as well as the University of Hull and University of York St John, to deliver the Institute of Technology in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology has received significant levels of employer support. Digital and Engineering businesses ViSR, CATCH, Skipton Building Society, GB Recruitment and ENGIE Fabricom have each recognised the need for investment in education to address their wider skills shortages and have signed up as employer partners involved in designing the appropriate curriculum, supported by research from the universities. These employers are part of the governance of the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology to ensure continued collaboration and long term benefits for the region.
Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal of York College, and Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Institute of Technology, says: “We are delighted to be working with Further and Higher Education providers to develop the region’s prestigious Institute of Technology. This is a wonderful opportunity to focus on developing higher level technical skills across the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding and North Humberside area. Across the region, facilities will be improved enabling greater alignment between the courses we offer and employers’ needs. At York College specifically the Institute of Technology investment has contributed to the upgrading of facilities in Engineering, Digital Technologies and Construction, and the development of a Higher Education hub area. The work we are doing is supported by significant capital investment to improve the level of skills, increase productivity, and make a real difference to the success of the region.”