South West Institute of Technology

A new working partnership to drive world-class technical education and deliver skilled local people, economic growth and prosperity in the South West.

The mission of the South West Institute of Technology is to:

  • provide employers with the skills that they need to succeed, now and in the future
  • provide learners with excellent technical education
  • enable the South West to become one of the world’s leading regions for digital, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The Vision

For Employers - SWIOT will:

  • tackle employers’ current skills gaps and anticipate their future skills needs, drawing on applied research
  • enable employers to develop and retain local talent, reducing the need to recruit from outside of the region
  • provide industry standard, specialist training facilities locally, reducing the need to train outside of the region
  • put in place learning provision that is tailored to the needs of employers, more quickly
  • enable the existing workforce to retrain and upskill, as well as attracting new entrants to the digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • provide strategic leadership across STEM provision and initiatives in the South West, making them more coherent and easier to navigate


For Providers - SWIOT will:

  • promote technical education to learners, parents, employers and other stakeholders, raising its status relative to academic education
  • make it easier to attract expert teaching staff and provide them with outstanding development opportunities
  • enable innovation and create economies of scale, through the sharing of expertise and resources between colleges and universities
  • develop new curriculum that is informed by research and insight from employers
  • develop new approaches to learning delivery, through collaboration between employers and providers


For Learners - SWIOT will: 

  • offer industry standard teaching and facilities and new curriculum in the digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • inspire and raise the aspirations of learners, from school students to lifelong learners
  • provide learners with the nonacademic skills required in the modern workplace, as well as technical skills
  • increase social mobility, reach under-represented groups, develop unidentified talent and improve gender balance
  • break down geographical barriers, through a mix of local and digital delivery
  • enable learners to get good jobs and follow progression pathways that have been mapped out with employers


For the South West - SWIOT will:

  • put the South West on the map, as a great place to learn, work, recruit, invest and innovate in the digital, engineering and manufacturing sectors
  • make a crucial contribution to industrial strategy, raising regional and UK productivity and growth
  • promote social mobility and inclusion by offering new opportunities to a wide range of learners
  • contribute to and benefit from the sharing of innovative practice, as part of a national network of IoTs
  • attract substantial other funding and investment, to enable SWIoT to have a greater impact on the region
  • promote the role of STEM in tackling major social problems, as well as creating economic opportunity

Download the Full Brochure here for more Information:

SWIOT Brochure

Institute of Technology Courses at the College

Applications are open for the below courses starting in 2021

Computing & IT

BSc (Hons) Applied Computing Technologies

FdSc Computer Technology

FdSc Cyber Security

HNC Cyber Security


HND Mechanical Engineering

HNC Mechanical Engineering


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