Education to get a boost in Truro as Institute of Technology set to rise

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The construction of a new institute of technology worth £7m at Truro has been announced by Truro and Penwith College.

Designated as one of the healthiest places in the UK, Truro will host a new specialist facility that will train future engineers that will serve the Cornwall county. This was revealed after the college announced its expansion plans last 23 October.

The college is not alone in the endeavour as announced, as the institute will be built through a collaboration of numerous organisations and partners such as the Exeter College, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Petroc and Truro and Penwith College, City College Plymouth, University of Exeter, and the University of Plymouth.

The institute will be built as part of the project of the South West Institute of Technology (SWIOT) in which the Truro and Penwith College is a partner and collaborator. Currently, the institute caters to around 2,500 students in both apprenticeship and courses that are full-time.

It was in April 2019 when the government approved SWIOT to operate as a network of teaching hubs focusing on technology. Members of the institution invested in developing high-technology and state-of-the-art training facilities in order to train future skilled engineers, scientists, and technicians for Britain. This is in line with the government’s aim of equipping the British workforce with skills that are required across key sectors.

The institute will be equipped with laboratories for various fields, engineering workspaces, specialist welding facilities, a variety of computerised high-level machines, and common learning spaces.

The Truro and Penwith College, deemed an outstanding national leader in STEM, aims to meet local higher needs on skills for industries that not only offer well-paying careers to graduates but also helps stimulate local economic growth.

According to Principal David Walrond, “This final approval of the Institute of Technology by the Department for Education is excellent news for Cornwall. It will help fund a state-of-the-art new facility on our Truro campus to provide a range of local progression opportunities into higher education and apprenticeship provision.”

Construction of the institute building is expected to start in Truro by the spring of 2020.

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