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South Central Institute of Technology


Plugging the gaps in the city’s business talent pipeline


important local brands like Cranfi eld University and CCL Evidence Talks. T e SCIoT is expected to welcome a thousand


Any Milton Keynes company that has tried to recruit people with the right technical or digital skills for their business will know just how hard it is to fi nd the right candidates. Training people to fi ll those roles is the prime target of the new


South Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) in Bletchley. T e SCIoT is now up and running, with the fi rst students beginning courses that will launch them into a digital future, and local businesses are being urged to take advantage of this great new addition to the talent pipeline. Companies can ensure they fi nd the recruits they need for particular roles by actually helping shape the curriculum – literally guaranteeing students learn precisely the skills businesses need. T e SCIoT consortium, led by Milton Keynes College, landed a grant


of £26m from the Department for Education in a national competition - the largest sum awarded to any Institute of Technology, refl ecting its importance to the city and the wider region. Consortium partners include global companies like Microsoft, McAfee and KPMG and


30 ALL THINGS BUSINESS


students and apprentices a year onto new digital courses and is the only place in Milton Keynes off ering higher technical qualifi cations equivalent to university level, as well as short courses. T e curriculum is being created with substantial input from business to ensure the skills taught will be the ones local industry is crying out for. Principal, Alex Warner said: “T is is a whole new concept for education in Britain. T e SCIoT will be an inclusive centre for technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships and training to plug the growing gap between demand and supply for key technical and digital roles, including cyber security. Students can choose to complete their studies in person, blended, or online as part of our Lifestyle Learning approach. T ey’ll be taught by amazing


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