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13 July 2021 A new wave of technical education institutes with a focus on STEM subjects launches nationwide, with London City IoT launching in September 2022.

The London City Institute of Technology (IoT) is a collaboration between Newham College and Queen Mary University of London, with support from a wide range of key employers including CBRE, Siemens and Port of London.

“These pathways will bridge the current skills gap within current and emerging in-demand technologies, and will in turn provide higher levels of well-qualified applicants within the transport, infrastructure, engineering, digital and energy sectors.”

With £28m in funding secured from the Department for Education and the Greater London Authority, the London City IoT will be the UK’s first Institute of Technology with a focus on developing the skills that make cities work such as infrastructure, transportation, the built environment, energy, and power.

London City IoT is one of 12 Institutes of Technology selected nationally through a government-led competition to provide employers with a highly skilled workforce and students with a clear route to technical employment. This vital source of technical education will deliver a range of STEM occupations including specialisms in engineering, digital and construction, all of which are essential in supporting local businesses recovering from the COVID pandemic and driving technical innovation and prosperity in the future.

Celebrating IoTs

The ‘IoT Celebration’ event took place on Thursday 8 July to formally celebrate and launch these 12 Institutes of Technology. The event was aimed at raising awareness and credibility of these innovative institutions, both locally and nationally, among key stakeholders and the public.

In addition to a programme of ministerial visits that took place around the UK, the London City IoT, whose state-of-the-art campus is still under construction, held a site visit at its location on London City Island, Royal Docks to mark the occasion.

Guests exploring the campus of the future Institute of Technology

MP for East Ham Stephen Timms, Principal and CEO of Newham College Paul Stephen, and Deputy Vice-Principal for Research (Enterprise) at Queen Mary University of London Professor David Lee were amongst a select group invited to explore the site.

As well as seeing the building first-hand, guests were also given architectural drawings in their hand-out to visualise what the impressive 8-storey training facility will look like when complete.

Paul Stephen said, “Newham College is delighted to be working in partnership with Queen Mary University and its anchor employers to offer a new and engaging model of higher level, employer endorsed training pathways.

Steven Timms said, “I applaud the partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and Newham College which is opening up this impressive new Institute in its superb location on City Island. I know there will be strong links with major employers from the outset. I look forward to the Institute providing top quality technical education and opening up really attractive new career opportunities for local residents.”

Learn more about Institutes of Technology and how they will be a game-changer for technical education, especially here at Newham.

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