The APGSE welcomed an expert panel, chaired by Nic Dakin MP, to discuss the creation of Institutes of Technology (IoT).
During the 2015 general election campaign the need for ‘Institutes of Technology’ or ‘Technical Institutes’ were recognised across the political spectrum as a structural answer to meeting higher level skills demand in local areas.
Since then, and with a new Government and Education Department led by Theresa May and Justine Greening respectively, more announcements have been made in the last year around IoTs- most recently and specifically on the funding that will be allocated to them (£170 million).
Plans for IoTs were also included within the Post-16 Skills Plan in July. Alongside the Apprenticeship Levy, and other major reforms, the introduction of IoTs looks set to be a key component of the Government's plans for skills.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment was joined by Elisabeth Cuthbertson, Neil Bates and David Hughes to examine how new IoTs should be created.
Elisabeth leads the newly created FE Skills Provider Base division within DfE, responsible: for Area Review policy and implementation, delivery of the Institutes of Technology and National Colleges programmes, and the FE quality and intervention frameworks. She has previously held roles in UK Government Investments, HM Treasury, BIS and DECC. Elisabeth is an economist by training having joined government from the private sector.
Neil is Principal and Chief Executive of Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT), the first new Further Education College to be incorporated in England since the 1992 Education Act. PROCAT specialises in foundation and advanced technology training for the engineering, aviation, defence, rail, construction, building services and renewable energy sectors. Last year, Neil chaired the FETL-funded Skills Commission inquiry into “leading innovation in further education and skills”. The report, “Going Places: Innovation in Further Education and Skills”, was published last year.
David became Chief Executive in September 2016. He is responsible for the overall management of the organisation and regularly meets with politicians, stakeholders and partners to represent colleges. Formerly, David was Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute. David joined Learning and Work Institute (previously NIACE) as Chief Executive in 2011, following 11 years in the further education sector, working at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
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