Solent University’s proposal to create an institute of technology has been selected to progress to the final stage for government funding.
Institutes of Technology (IoT) are collaborations between universities and colleges intended to deliver higher technical training in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
Solent’s application has been developed alongside core FE partners to establish a new Institute of Technology for Maritime Engineering and Digital Technologies (Brockenhurst College, Eastleigh College, Fareham College, Havant and South Downs College and Isle of Wight College) and HE partner the University of Portsmouth.
It focusses on the University’s strong maritime links with its core employer partners, including AB Ports, Portsmouth International Port and the Royal Navy, and highlights how the IoT would fuel the growth of the globally leading Solent maritime cluster.
The proposal also details how the curriculum would focus on the STEM higher technical skills required across digital technologies, engineering and marine, and how the IoT would work to address local issues, including long-standing low educational attainment, post-covid requirement for more college places, adult training needs and falling apprenticeship numbers.