Institutes of Technology
8th July 2021
The Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology (SaWIoT) is proud to be part of the National Launch of the IOTs celebrating a new era of study for the region.
With science and technology playing a significant role in the future success of the UK and its economy, the high quality learning space and facilities at the SaWIoT will bring benefits to students, employers and wider community – helping meet futures skills needs.
Collaborations between regional and national employers and industries have shaped the high level skills courses available. From apprenticeships to degree level course and in association with our partners the University of Gloucestershire and Oxford Brookes University to develop skills and drive ambition for students, those already in employment or those wishing to retrain.
Courses will be at the forefront of science, technology, creativity and innovation – creating the innovators and visionaries of the future.
Chris Baish, Managing Director of the SaWIoT said “This is a big deal in terms of creating opportunities for students and employers in Swindon and the surrounding area”.
"The site at the North Star campus is undergoing a major refurbishment as we speak, bringing it right up to date with industry-standard facilities including cyber labs and media suites that have been developed with our employer and university partners. It’s really exciting to see it all coming together and we can’t wait to be able to welcome students “
The IoT will be a huge benefit to Swindon and the region with this employer led facility as it responds to business needs, identifying current skills gaps and supporting future developments in a region where significant growth is expected in Technology based sector.
Chris added: “In the meantime, we’re keen to hear from businesses in the area that are looking to recruit new starters or upskill existing staff across a range of technical areas and apprenticeships, including digital, cyber-security, engineering, creative media and health and science. Demand for the higher-level skills offered at the SaWIoT is growing rapidly, so contact us sooner rather than later to discuss your requirements”
Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire, said:
“We’re delighted to support today’s launch of the Institute of Technology as the anchor University partner. We are pleased to be founding members of the IOT partnership for Swindon and Wiltshire, with business, education and local government partners. Together, we can greatly expand the availability of higher and degree level professional and vocational programmes, particularly through apprenticeships, to meet the needs of employers and learners across Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We are focusing on critical areas of economic growth and skills need in computing and cyber, engineering, and digital media, with the University delivering degree level teaching through the IOT. With our partners, we can offer clear progression routes for learners, enabling them to gain valuable qualifications at all levels of advanced and higher study. That’s great news for economic growth post Covid-19 and great news for young people in the region, giving them the skills and qualifications they need to secure great jobs.”