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The Secretary of State for Education has today approved a bid led by Dudley College of Technology to create an Institute of Technology (IoT) as part of a new wave of government funded skills institutions.

We’re delighted to hear that the Secretary of State for Education has approved a £32.5m bid by Dudley College of Technology to create a new Institute of Technology (IoT) in the Midlands. The institute will focus its provision on advanced manufacturing, modern construction methodologies and medical engineering, all of which are critical transformational sectors for the regional economy.

The IoT is part of a new wave of government funded skills institutions, and was supported by an extensive partnership of education providers and employers. We were proud to be part of this partnership and have worked with the rest of the organisers to progress the project through the procurement process.

Included in the plan is the development of a three-storey 4,750m2 building sited on Castle Hill, adjacent to the new Metro stop. Work will begin on the new build in October this year, with the institute planning to open in September 2021. By 2025, the institute plans to support in excess of 2,000 learners in following higher level technical programmes with an emphasis on apprenticeships.

The new announcement allows the college to continue growing and will play a crucial part in reinforcing and boosting skills in the local area. Last year, Dudley College supported 4,006 young people aged 16-18 years on full-time skills-based programmes. During this period, it was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The new investment will attract more business to the area as it demonstrates why the Midlands is such a great place to locate your company.

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