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New Institute of Technology to Open in Loughborough, Advancing East Midlands as Major UK Tech Learning Hub

Posted: 9th March 2023 - 5:06pm

On a recent trip to Loughborough College, Skills Minister The Right Honourable Robert Halfon MP, took time to break ground on the latest addition to the East Midlands growing tech and skills learning portfolio.

The East Midlands Institute of Technology (EMIoT) in Loughborough is a partnership between Loughborough College, Loughborough University, Derby College Group and the University of Derby with the aim to deliver a world class, research orientated, employer-led learning factory, founded on clean growth and digital delivery. 

The EMIoT is working closely with global powerhouse employers, including Rolls-Royce, Uniper, Toyota, National Grid ESO, Alstom, Fujitsu, and Bloc Digital to ensure programmes deliver a workforce with the future ready skills.

Supported by Department of Education funding, the East Midlands Institute of Technology will be open in September 2024, with a college community of 2,000 learners by academic year 2027.

Its graduates will be part of the net-zero carbon workforce needed to lead the UK’s green and digital revolution.

Loughborough College Principal and CEO Jo Maher said:

“We are excited and delighted to be part of the future of East Midlands Institute of Technology. As educators, our role is to equip students and learners with the skills they will need to be successful in whatever careers they choose. The demand from local, regional and indeed national employers is for students to have the green, clean, digital skills required to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and the EMIoT allows us to respond to this.”

The EMIoT will specialise in programmes including Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Information and Communication Technology, Science and Mathematics, and Construction, Planning and the Built Environment.

Baroness Nicky Morgan, Chair of the EMIoT Board added:

“I am thrilled the East Midlands Institute of Technology is progressing with locations here in Loughborough and in Derby. Our board recognises the importance of providing education opportunities which meet the needs of employers, businesses, and organisations, not just today but for the future. Clean energy, digital science and sustainable technology will be the hallmark of the UK’s economy and EMIoT will provide the next workforce.”

The EMIoT will focus on levelling up the critical engineering, manufacturing and digital skills required by local and national employers to address the ambitious engineering challenges of clean growth.  The EMIoT will embrace the advanced skills required for an Artificial Intelligence and data-driven economy.

In addition to the brand new EMIoT building in Loughborough, there will also be planned investment in an extension at Derby College and the renovation of an existing building at University of Derby.