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Sites of new institutes of technology named

10 April 2019

Locations for 12 technology institutes have been identified in the drive to reduce the skills shortage and offer vocational alternatives to university education.

Two will be in the West Midlands, with others in Milton Keynes, Swindon, Durham, Exeter, York and Somerset, with three established in the London area.

With the majority linked to existing colleges and universities, they will be supported by companies offering potential employment for students.

The 12 institutes of technology will be supported with £170m funding and are expected to open from autumn this year.

Each institute will have an industry specialism and use the expertise of relevant employers, with the example provided of the Durham facility that will specialist in digital advanced manufacturing and associated with local colleges, Newcastle University and Nissan.

The East London technology institute will focus on transport and engineering and will be led by Queen Mary, University of London, overseeing a group including Newham College and Siemens.

There are also plans to introduce the T-level technical qualification next year, with the intention of providing a vocational equivalent to A-level standards.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the new technology institutes would address the current bias against vocational skills in the education system.

CBI policy director Matthew Fell said: "Expanding high-quality technical education and training is a top priority for employers, who will welcome this extra investment."

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