Policy paper

Institutes of Technology competition

The government's plan to create new Institutes of Technology through a national competition.


Institutes of Technology prospectus


We are creating a network of prestigious new Institutes of Technology (IoTs) across the country.

These will be high-quality, employer-led institutions specialising in the delivery of higher level technical skills that employers need.

More information on the government’s plans for IoTs, why we need them and what they will do can be found in the Institutes of Technology prospectus.

Update on IoT competition

We are running a two-stage competition for employers, Further Education (FE) providers and Higher Education (HE) providers to develop collaborative proposals and bid for funding from a £170m capital fund to establish new IoTs.

Stage 1 of the competition closed in March 2018 and we received 35 applications. Following assessment, 16 applicants have been invited to progress to Stage 2, which will test their proposals in more detail.

The lead applicants of the 16 proposals invited to progress to Stage 2 are:

  • Barking & Dagenham College
  • Dudley College of Technology
  • HCUC
  • Milton Keynes College
  • NCG
  • New College Durham
  • North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Solihull College & University Centre
  • South Essex College of Further & Higher Education
  • Swindon College
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Lincoln
  • Weston College of Further and Higher Education
  • West Suffolk College
  • York College

Applicants that are successful at Stage 2 will be approved to become new IoTs.

In addition to creating new IoTs, the government has announced that 52 colleges and post-16 providers will be teaching new T Level courses.

These courses are on a par with A levels, and will provide technical qualifications in subjects such as construction, engineering and manufacturing.

Published 30 November 2017