Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Institute of Technology on track to be running courses for September 2021

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Chris Baish

 

Building work on Swindon's Institute of Technology is progressing well and the college is on track to welcome students in September 2021, says the managing director of the new facility.

Renovations are currently being made to transform two existing buildings on the North Star Campus, which include the iconic Pegasus Tower and the Engineering centre.

Both areas will have a state-of-the-art makeover that will completely renovate the external and internal facilities, providing high-quality teaching and learning and real working environments to reflect industry standards.

Whilst the construction work is being carried out the building site is currently covered with scaffolding to provide support for the tradesmen working on the outside structure.

Chris Baish, managing director of the IoT, said: “We’re extremely pleased with progress towards making the Swindon and Wiltshire IoT a reality, both on-site and behind the scenes.

“This is a big deal in terms of creating opportunities for students and employers in Swindon and the surrounding area, so I’m pleased to report that we’re on track to start courses from September onwards.

"The site at the North Star campus is undergoing a major refurbishment as we speak, bringing it right up to date with industry-standard facilities including cyber labs and media suites that have been developed with our employer and university partners.

"It’s really exciting to see it all coming together on site, and we can’t wait to be able to welcome students in the autumn.”

The IoT will be a huge benefit to Swindon and the region with this employer-led facility as it responds to business needs, identifying current skills gaps and supporting future developments in a region where significant growth is expected in the technology-based sector.

Chris added: “In the meantime, we’re keen to hear from businesses in the area that are looking to recruit new starters or upskill existing staff across a range of technical areas and apprenticeships, including digital, cyber-security, engineering, creative media and health and science.

"Demand for the higher-level skills offered at the IoT is growing rapidly, so contact us sooner rather than later to discuss your requirements.”