The government has pledged to improve the country’s technical education, which is education focused on skilled trades. Their strategy for doing this was outlined as part of their Industrial Strategy, published in November 2017. One part of this initiative is to “establish new institutes of technology […] in every major city in England”. The government hopes these institutes will offer students other paths than traditional academic universities and help reduce skills shortages in the country.
This policy focuses solely on the promise to create these new institutes of technology, though the government has also made other pledges relating to how they will operate. These include ensuring they can:
- Access public funding, and loans and grants
- Offer degree level courses, higher-level apprenticeships and bespoke courses
- Gain royal charter status and regius professorships
As for the institutes themselves, they haven’t been set up yet but the government expects the first ones to open in 2019, according to their timetable. The government has also offered £170 million in funding to set up the institutes, with the outcome of the bidding competition due to be announced in March, and an additional £500 million for T-Levels, the new A-level equivalent for technical education which will be taught in the institutes of technology.
So there is definitely movement, but with the institutes not yet off the ground, this policy is considered ‘in progress’. Follow this policy for updates!
Establish the facts – get the details
- Institutes of Technology Prospectus – Gov.uk
- Institutes of Technology competition – Gov.uk
- Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future – Gov.uk