National Launch for Institutes of Technology 8th July 2021

The West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) 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 WEIoT will bring benefits to students, employers and wider community – helping meet futures skills needs. 

The WEIoT is a consortium of education providers and key employers across the West of England. It has been led by Weston College and includes the University of the West of England, Bath College, Gloucestershire College, and Yeovil College as well as a network of key local employers, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, GE Aviation, Renishaw, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust, , St Monica Trust, Jisc, io Academy, National Composites Centre (NCC), North Somerset Council, Leonardo, Rolls Royce and Bamboo Technology. 

Collaborations between employers and industries have shaped the high-level skills courses available. From apprenticeships to degree level course the WEIoT is armed to develop skills and drive ambition for students, who are preparing for their first step into a career, already in employment or those wishing to retrain. 

Courses are at the forefront of science, technology, creativity and innovation – creating the innovators and visionaries of the future. 

Dr Paul Phillips CBE Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College the WEIoT lead added:

“Part of the work of the WEIoT is to support the increase in the number of women engaging with Higher Technical Education, increasing the numbers recruited to Apprenticeship opportunities and to follow Higher Education routes, in a more local setting.   As part of our licence to operate we have committed to 2000 learners by 2025 with a 50% female participation.  

Claire Arbery, WEIoT Director said:  

“There are opportunities for adults to upskill and reskill using both Apprenticeship and Higher Education funding, and we are committed to increasing the numbers of students from areas that do not traditionally access this level of skills and training.  Our commitment is a minimum 40% of learners upskilling to these roles. So, this is a really exciting time and I encourage businesses and individuals to reach out to discover how the WEIoT can help them.” 

On the 8th July remember to follow ##InstitutesOfTechnology  

#IoTMoment and #WEIoT to discover all the great new initiatives and facilities that the IOTs are delivering to bring about a new era of study for the nation. Or visit our website www.weiot.ac.uk.