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A bid to establish an Institute of Technology in the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) region has taken a significant step forward.

Led by Chichester College Group (CCG), a consortium including NESCOT and the universities of Sussex and Brighton is bidding for £13 million of Government funding to enhance higher level skills training. 

The proposal put forward has been successful in passing a highly competitive first stage and has been shortlisted to complete a final proposal stage. The investment would create new cutting-edge facilities for higher level technical training with a focus on digital and sustainable technologies across a number of sectors including engineering and construction.

The proposed Institute of Technology (IoT) would include a new state-of-the-art hub with specialist satellites for delivery at locations across the region, from East Surrey and the Gatwick Diamond to rural West Sussex and coastal communities.

Frances Rutter, Chief Executive and Principal at Nescot, said: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with partners to develop the future of STEM education. Institutes of Technology inspire people of all ages to challenge themselves and invest in their skills, and together we are making a very strong case to bring an IoT to our region. Nescot’s expertise and values fit perfectly with the IoT ethos and it’s very exciting to be taking the proposal to the next stage.”