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Higher Technical Qualifications and the Institute of Technology Network

We caught up with Rosa Wells from the National Network Institutes of Technology, to provide insights into what she will be sharing in her deep-dive workshop session on 'Addressing, Improving, and Overcoming the Skills Gap' at our upcoming future of higher technical qualifications conference 2023.

What is the Institute of Technology Network? 

Each Institute of Technology (IoT) focuses on one or more specialisms including – medical engineering, high-value manufacturing, cloud networking and healthcare. We aim to fill immediate skills gaps while also building a pipeline of talent for the future. With employers as core partners and members of our governing bodies, we are committed to identifying future skills needs and supporting technological innovation to drive economic growth, both locally and nationally. 

Our network delivers high-quality training and education across a range of courses (including T-levels and bachelor’s degrees), but we specialise in Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs), professional training and higher apprenticeships. We are dedicated to widening opportunities in higher education by offering flexible and affordable qualifications to adults of all ages. We are also committed to addressing the lack of diversity in some parts of the STEM workforce. 

Rooted within our regions, we work closely with local employers, business organisations, schools, and community groups to offer more career opportunities to those living and working locally. But collectively, we also operate as an outward-looking and highly collaborative national network to share ideas and expertise and work with employers nationally. 

What learnings will delegates gain during your session?

In my session, I will be sharing insights into the following national IoT projects and welcoming further collaboration and shared working in order to continue to enhance the learner offer and meet emerging skills needs: 

  • Construction: Building a sustainable future. 
  • Cyber: Tackling Threats to national security. 
  • Electric Vehicles: Driving transport innovation. 
  • Energy: Powering the nation in new ways. 
  • Agriculture: Cultivating technical skills. 

In the meantime, take a look at this short video which shows how Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology is implementing a Learning Factory to support employers to embed Industry 4.0 principles into their workplaces and into the development of innovative technical training regionally. 

Rosa will further explore the role that the Institutes of Technology is playing in building a pipeline of talent for the future and addressing skills gap at Level 4 and 5 at our Future of Higher Technical Qualifications action day. Join Rosa and other industry experts on the 18th of May 2023 to receive the following learning outcomes:

  • Explore the next cycle of approvals window and how colleges, universities, and providers can gain approval for HTQs
  • Learn best practice teaching, delivery, and course design to takeaway and adopt similar ideas into your course development
  • How providers and employers can build strong relationships to work in collaboration effectively, ensuring programmes match skills needs within an industry
  • Preparing for the Lifelong Loan Entitlement 
  • Understand the funding landscape and how student finance will be delivered in HTQs
View the agenda here