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College awarded £1.8 million in new technology partnership

Harlow College is delighted to be part of the part of the newly announced South East Institute of Technology (IoT), which covers the Local Enterprise partnership area of Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

The IoT is one of nine that have been announced today (Friday, 17 December) bringing the total to 21 across the country and delivering on a commitment to improve higher level skills across England. 

Institutes of Technology are unique collaborations between employers, colleges and universities that specialise in offering high-quality Higher Technical Education and training in subjects such as advanced manufacturing, digital and cyber security, aerospace and healthcare, which will deliver the skilled workforce businesses need and get more people into jobs closer to home.

Harlow College has been awarded £1.8 million to upgrade facilities and equipment to boost access to higher technical training. This investment is supported by a further £0.5 million from the Towns Fund, a £3.6 billion fund created by government to help develop towns and cities.

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, said,

“Harlow College is delighted to be part of the new South East Institute of Technology, covering Essex, Kent and East Sussex. The funding will be used to redevelop some of our campus to focus on the higher-level technical skills required by our local employer base. A key aim will be to provide people with the opportunity to study to higher national diploma level in the disciplines of Engineering, Health Sciences and Transport & Logistics. We are partnering with two major local employers, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust and London Stansted Airport Ltd, as well as Anglia Ruskin University.”