Introducing the Institute of Digital Technology at Bletchley Park
Inspiring the next generation of digital visionaries
Milton Keynes College is delighted to announce that the Department of Education has given the go ahead for the launch of an Institute of Digital Technology at the historic Bletchley Park site, home of the famous war time codebreakers. The plan will bring significant investment into Bletchley and Milton Keynes, as well as world leading brands such as Microsoft, KPMG, McAfee and Cranfield University.
A digital learning hub at the centre of the UK’s cyber history
In 1939 when war seemed inevitable, Bletchley Park was chosen to base the Government Code & Cypher School, a secret operation which worked throughout the war to break enemy codes and ciphers. The work of the Codebreakers undeniably had a significant impact on the outcome of the Second World War.
One of the reasons Bletchley Park was chosen was its location at the crossroads between the intellectual hubs of Oxford and Cambridge in addition to having great transport links to London. The same is still true today, and now Bletchley Park is on the edge of one of the fastest growing and dynamic cities in the UK – Milton Keynes.
Bletchley Park aerial photography – From the collections at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies’
“Milton Keynes College provides an annual pipeline of talent”
What is going to happen?
We are going to restore the currently empty wartime building at Bletchley Park, Block D, transforming it into an Institute of Digital Technology, providing an inclusive centre for technical qualifications, apprenticeships, and training to plug the growing gap between demand and supply for key technical and digital roles, including cyber security.
A consortium led by Milton Keynes College including a group of prestigious partners Microsoft, KPMG, McAfee, Evidence Talks, VWFS, Activate Learning and Cranfield University, and supported by the Bletchley Park Trust, will lead the Institute. We will create an environment for new thinking, not simply a space to rehearse the technical skills of today. Block D was where the codebreakers of WW2 worked in secrecy, and we aim to bring a new generation of technical skills to the historic building.
Our students will be encouraged to seek new challenges, to collaborate, to discover and to innovate.
MK College – now officially one of the top Colleges in the UK
A consortium led by Milton Keynes College will lead the project and in 2017 the College gained a grade two Ofsted with the inspectors commenting…
“Leaders, managers and governors have made rapid progress in building a culture of continuous improvement with determination. They have communicated this very successfully to staff and as a result, staff across the college, are enthusiastic and apply the improvement strategies effectively to their work.”
In addition, in November 2017 the College joined the Collab network – a group of the top colleges operating in the UK.
Bringing together worldwide experts
The Institute of Digital Technology will work with employers to bring together digital thought leaders from across the globe to inform the curriculum and partner with Milton Keynes College.
The College has been working closely with Microsoft UK, Cranfield University, City & Guilds and a local employer network to test the market, develop the proposition and create an inspiring curriculum. Supported by the technical expertise and industry reach of Microsoft, along with the technical learning capabilities of City & Guilds a truly exceptional facility will be developed.
Milton Keynes – the perfect location to launch the digital revolution
Milton Keynes is an ultra-modern city that continually embraces new technologies, creating a dynamic, innovative environment for Digital Tech companies and professionals. The city has pioneered new technology infrastructure developments including fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) and 4G mobile networks. Milton Keynes is at the forefront of developing new methods of transportation, with the UK’s first driverless ‘pods’ in a pedestrian environment.
Located just 32 minutes from central London with superb global connectivity, the city is home to 3,750 ICT companies and a workforce that rivals the UK’s major cities in scale.
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Hectares of new development
The IoT fund is a £170 million pound government project designed to raise standards in scientific and technical subjects. It’s aimed primarily at colleges and it’s hoped it will create a pipeline of highly technically skilled young people for whom business and industry are in such desperate need. We have been granted £28 million by the Department of Education to turn Block D at Bletchley Park into an Institute of Technology.
A thousand students a year are expected to benefit from the expertise of the Institute which will be an inclusive centre for technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships and training to plug the growing gap between demand and supply for key technical and digital roles, including cyber security.
There will also be opportunities for significant sponsorship from companies keen to be associated with such a forward looking and prestigious project. Keep an eye on our website for more details on how to get involved.
“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”
- Alan Turing