The North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT) has been officially opened at New College Durham.
NEIoT was in the first wave of Institutes of Technology (IoTs) announced by the then prime minister, Theresa May, in 2019, an initiative labelled as “biggest shake-up to technical education in a generation”.
The collaborations between further education colleges, universities and businesses offer higher level, employer-led technical courses, with a strong focus on STEM subjects.
More than 60 invited guests were on hand at New College Durham to hear a series of talks and witness the Mayor of Durham City, Arnie Simpson, undertake ribbon-cutting duties.
They were then given the opportunity to take part in the interactive partner marketplace, explore virtual reality technology, watch demonstrations of robotic equipment, and take tours of the building.
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“This event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the North East Institute of Technology and raise the profile of IoTs and technical education,” said Andy Broadbent, principal and CEO at New College Durham.
“We want to showcase the opportunities Institutes of Technologies provide in terms of training, employment and economic growth, as well as network with those involved in the programme from around the north-east region.”
One of the speakers at the event was Rachel Chambers, chief operating officer at Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres, North East.
“I am a huge ambassador for supporting the drive for technical skills in our region, with a focus on supporting more women into engineering as well,” she said.
“It’s critical that we all work together to support the growing demand for skilled employees across industry as investment in the north-east continues and as we embrace greener and more sustainable technologies.
“This event and the NEIoT is a great demonstration of the power of organisations and initiatives collaborating for a common goal.”
Pic: New College Durham principal and chief executive, Andy Broadbent, welcomes attendees to the event