Exeter College celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

Exeter College celebrates multi-million pound collaborative bid success for new Institute of Technology for the South West

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A multi-million pound bid to revolutionise digital, engineering and manufacturing technology education across the South West has been successful, it has been announced.  

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed the twelve successful applicants will receive a share of £170 million, awarded to establish a network of Institutes of Technology across the country. 

The Exeter element of the bid will help part fund Exeter College’s plans for a new £10 million Digital and Data Hub on its Hele Road site which will meet the needs of employers by training the next generation of digital and data experts. A planning application for the Hub has been submitted to Exeter City Council.

The Hub is part of a wider £70 million masterplan over the next 20 years for the award-winning further education college. The build would provide Exeter College with an extra 26,909 square feet of floorspace for teaching.

John Laramy, Exeter College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Exeter College is delighted that the collective Institute of Technology submission for the South West has been successful, this shows what we can achieve when businesses, universities and colleges all work together as one. 

“The Exeter component of the Institute of Technology focuses on digital, data and the high level skills required by employers in the Exeter area, we are therefore delighted that the Met Office and Oxygen House were a key part of the successful bid.”

The Institutes will be unique collaborations between universities, Further Education colleges, and leading employers. They will specialise in delivering quality higher level technical training and provide employers with the skilled workforce they need.

The Institute of Technology in the South West will have centres located across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, with state-of-the-art facilities proposed for Exeter, Truro, Plymouth, Barnstaple and Taunton. These include a new Digital and Data Hub in Exeter, a new technology hub in Truro for engineering and digital teaching, and a number of both new builds and refurbished existing facilities in Barnstaple, Plymouth and Cannington.

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