South West Institute of Technology

Created in September 2019 the South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) is a unique collaboration between a number of partner organisations, each investing in the development of state-of-the-art facilities for training in technical subjects to create Britain’s next generation of highly skilled technicians and engineers. 

The Department for Education is awarding £170million to establish a network of Institutes of Technology nationally offering top-quality training and Apprenticeships in higher-level technical skills. These aim to bridge skills gaps in the economy by providing the knowledge and training that employers need.

In September 2019, the SWIoT proposal was approved to deliver a range of higher level courses across the digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors. SWIoT will operate as a virtual college, specialising in technical training and development for the South West. 

The SWIoT draws on expertise from 12 partner organisations, including City College Plymouth, the University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc, Truro & Penwith College and Bridgwater & Taunton College, each investing in the development of state-of-the-art facilities for training in technical subjects to create Britain’s next generation of highly skilled technicians and engineers.

We are working collaboratively with employers to ensure the curriculum is industry-led and responds to workforce and skill needs. Employer partners include digital experts from Oxygen House, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, the Met Office, engineering and manufacturing experts from Babcock, TDK Lambda and Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group. This project is also supported by both Heart of the South West and the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnerships.

City College Plymouth – Investing in SWIoT

Within the SWIoT, a £2.1million local investment will enable City College to create new facilities and purchase cutting-edge equipment to deliver an innovative new curriculum of higher-level technical courses within the marine, engineering, manufacturing and digital sectors – all city priority sectors. 

In order to house our growing marine operations, we will establish City College Plymouth within the city’s Oceansgate Marine Enterprise Zone, offering a world-class hub with test facilities for marine research, innovation and production. The waterfront facilities will enable our students to access specialist test facilities such as Smart Sound Plymouth, a proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting-edge products (including CAD, VR, CNC, Composites and Marine Autonomy) and services for the advanced marine sector.

Our curriculum offer, which has been strategically developed with employers, education providers and strategic agencies includes wide-ranging STEM provision to meet locally identified demand, with programmes mapped to emerging occupations and sector specialisms. Furthermore, both our capital infrastructure development and curriculum will equip students with employer-required professional skills, resilience, adaptive capabilities and workplace abilities aligned to digital transformation. 

Watch this space for regular updates on the SWIoT!