Institutes of Technology (IoTs) are a key part of the skills revolution already underway in this country, helping to meet the productivity and social mobility challenges set out as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy (opens in a new window). The IoTs are a key mechanism to support post-coronavirus recovery plans. Nationwide has partnered with the Swindon and Wiltshire IoT, 1 of 12 which will open during 2021.
The Swindon and Wiltshire IoT is employer led, rather than learner led, which means employers will define what it delivers. It will be physically based on the North Star campus site, repurposing existing buildings. It will offer a mixture of remote and face-to-face learning to students and aims to bring new career opportunities to the region.
Nationwide will play a crucial role in the leadership, implementation and running of the IoT (including the definition of the curriculum), ensuring it delivers the needs of Nationwide and other regional employers.
Nationwide will utilise the IoT as the delivery provider for all technology apprenticeships and has committed to support the wellbeing and mental health of all those studying at the IoT regardless of whether they are working for Nationwide or elsewhere.