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, has been granted £28 million by the Department for Education to build an Institute of Digital Technology (IoT) at Bletchley Park, with two additional hubs in Oxford and Reading.
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. Students aged eighteen and over will attend the Institute in person and study online. Milton Keynes is ranked as the eighth most active city in the country for technical innovation and the Institute will help to train the people who are going to be needed not just in the city and the wider region but all over the country.
College Principal and CEO, Dr Julie Mills, is delighted by the news. “The announcement that the government has agreed to fund the IoT at Bletchley Park is a huge vote of confidence in our consortium. Our focus is now set on delivering an Institute that will give young people the opportunity to become the digital leaders of the future. The Institute will provide them with a clear path to a great career and employers with the skilled workforce they need.”
The Institute is one of 12 across the country to be supported by £170 million of Government funding. The fund was set up to establish a unique and prestigious type of institution delivering high level technical education with a clear route to high skilled employment. The IoT at Bletchley Park will operate under the aegis of Milton Keynes College in partnership with a host of partners from local SMEs to corporate giants including Microsoft and KPMG.