The Department of Education (DfE) made the announcement today as part of the second wave of IoT offerings competition for funding to be confirmed by the government.
The new employer-led IoTs deliver next-level technical training to help fill skills gaps in key areas of STEM. They are part of the government’s plans to reform technical training to help employers secure the skilled workforce they need and provide meaningful jobs for locals.
South Yorkshire’s IoT brings together higher education institutions, higher education institutions and local employers to offer gateways from STEM-based T-levels to higher technical qualifications, apprenticeships and diplomas. The IoT will also offer flexible courses for adults looking to improve or improve.
The collaboration includes DN Colleges Group, Sheffield Hallam University, Barnsley College and the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Center as primary education partners. RNN Group, Sheffield College and the National Center for Advanced Transport and Infrastructure (NCATI) are also associate partners.
In addition, major employer partners include AESSEAL PLC, Engie UK, HLM Architects and WANdisco. They will have a place on the IoT board and one of them will be the chairman.
South Yorkshire IoT will work closely with employers to provide a specialist offering to over 1,500 learners, with the aim of meeting the demand for high-level technical skills in construction, digital, engineering / manufacturing and health sciences In the region. The IoT will target key sectors and occupations, making a substantial contribution to increasing productivity and the region’s ability to attract and retain employers with high-level technical roles.
Sheffield Hallam University
The University of Sheffield’s AMRC Training Center plans to renovate and upgrade a dedicated space at the AMRCTC site in Rotherham with digital engineering labs that meet industry standards.
Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “This is fabulous news. It shows what collaboration between universities and continuing education providers can do for the region.
“This is a radical investment in technical education and Sheffield Hallam is delighted to have played our part in securing it. The IoT will drive economic success, develop talent and create opportunities.
“We look forward to using our expertise in applied learning in the workplace to make the South Yorkshire Institute of Technology an outstanding success. “
Mick Lochran, Managing Director of DN Colleges Group, who led the formation of IoT, said: “I am very proud that South Yorkshire has received an IoT as it has the potential to change the whole dynamic of our region. the partnerships, between employers and training providers, have been amazing and provide a solid foundation for delivering successful IoT. “
The offer will be designed to be accessible to people across the region and will target under-represented groups.
DN Colleges Group will provide services at the existing site of Doncaster College.
Barnsley College will reconfigure and renovate its existing Church Street building to create a dedicated IoT hub in the center of Barnsley.
South Yorkshire IoT is supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, all regional local authorities and local chambers of commerce.