Experts and minister hail ‘flying start’ as recruitment stats for IoTs revealed

21 April 2023

Weston College is proud to be the lead College for the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) which is playing a pivotal role in the skills agenda of our region. As the national recruitment statistics for IoTs are revealed in FE Week, the WEIoT is delighted to announce that it has achieved 118% of its enrolment targets to date.


Weston College is working in collaboration with education partners Bath College, Gloucestershire College, Yeovil College, UWE Bristol and our employer partners Airbus, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Trust, National Composite Centre, Bamboo, Renishaw, Jisc, iO Academy, GKN Aerospace, Rolls Royce, St Monica Trust, Leonardo, GE Aviation and North Somerset Council.


As Sir Paul Phillips, Principal and Chief Executive for Weston College, stated, “Our IoT is based on a hub and spokes model with a robust leadership team and partners who understand the skills agenda. Targets are not easy in some cases but between us dialogue has been positive. We are employer always guided and have established strong links with DfE et al so that there is a shared knowledge of matters with shared resolution. The West of England IoT is pivotal to the skills agenda in our region and built upon trust and entrepreneurship. I worry that a public sector mentality may damage the innovation and rapid response to skills shortages in the future realised to date. At present however we are driving change and there are opportunities for modularisation but still a need to recognise that skills needs and qualifications are not the same thing. The IoT has huge potential to influence skills solutions and all credit to the West of England Combined Authority for recognising that pump prime revenue funding is a pre requisite for success.”


Read the full FE Week article here: Experts and minister hail ‘flying start’ as recruitment stats for IoTs revealed (


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