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East Midlands Institute of Technology could lead the UK’s digital and green revolution

Pioneering graduates from a new East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT) would lead the UK’s green and digital revolution and form the beating heart of the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

Loughborough College, Loughborough University, the University of Derby and Derby College Group (DCG) have joined forces on a £13m plan to create the highly advanced workforce needed to lead the digital revolution – otherwise known as Industry 4.0.

It has been selected by the Government to enter the final round of applications to become one of eight new UK IoTs.

The East Midlands IoT would focus on levelling up the critical engineering, manufacturing and digital skills needed by employers to address the grand engineering challenges of clean growth by embracing the advanced skills required for AI and a data-driven economy.

Graduates will be part of a net zero-carbon workforce and support the UK’s journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The IoT centre would be based at Loughborough College’s Radmoor Road campus, with other sites at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre and DCG’s Roundhouse technical and professional skills college.

It would support students by specialising in programmes such as engineering and manufacturing technologies, science, ICT, and construction and planning, working alongside employers including Rolls-Royce, Toyota, National Grid ESO, Alstom, Fujitsu, Uniper and Bloc Digital.

Jo Maher, principal and CEO at Loughborough College, said: “Reaching the final stage reflects Loughborough College’s proven track record of delivering pioneering STEM programmes which prepare students with the skills for working successfully in Industry 4.0.

“We are so proud to collaborate with such exceptional partners and anchor employers on creating a pathway which will genuinely help accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero-carbon economy and provide incredible training and employment opportunities throughout the region.”