Williamson: An Institute of Technology in every city

Business leaders have welcomed the £120 million-plan to open an Institute of Technology in every major city as part of government plans to boost technical and vocational education routes.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled the plan during his speech to the Conservative Party Conference last month.

He also pledged to open 16 to 19 maths schools in every region of the country.

Mr Williamson said that Apprenticeships, technical and vocational education are “just as valuable as university education”.

Institutes of Technology are collaborations between further education providers, universities and employers. They specialise in delivering higher technical education (at Levels 4 and 5) with a focus on STEM subjects.

In April, the government announced funding of £170 million for 12 Institutes of Technology, with the first ones opening their doors this term.

Mr Williamson said the additional £120 million will bring the number of institutes up to 20 in total.

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