creating talent pipelines feeding directly into the local and regional economy. “We’ve already designed new courses with our

partners and there are things people can study here today which just aren’t available anywhere else in the country.” Another unique feature of the SCIoT is its plan

to ensure that the people studying reflect the community of Milton Keynes and the wider area it serves. T e SCIoT operates an EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) Steering Group and is already making progress in attracting students from harder-to-reach groups. Of students already recruited, 52% are from

a Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority background, 37% are disabled or neurodiverse, while 22% are female.

Alex added: “We believe it’s really important to

people with up-to-date experience in tech businesses and they’ll work on real world problems supplied by our partners. T is a real joint eff ort by business and education to train people for the careers of the future.” Around half the teaching will be delivered by dual professionals,

many of whom will come from the project partners and local businesses. T ese will also be involved in designing the curriculum, making sure that everything taught will be relevant to jobs and careers now and in the future. “Local businesses can get involved in so many ways here,” said Alex.

“Business people are already helping to decide exactly what should be studied and putting forward their own real problems as projects for students to work on. We’re always looking for guest lecturers and mentors from local companies, and they don’t need to be teachers, just know what they want and the skills that matter. T e SCIoT is all about

serve the whole community, not just parts of it. T e best businesses are often the ones with the most diverse groups of people running them and working in them.” Today when virtually every business has a digital element to it there are huge shortages, particularly in this area. While the main campus of the SCIoT will be at

Bletchley, it will also be delivered in Oxford and Reading. T e region from Oxford to Cambridge through Milton Keynes was identified in the government’s Industrial Strategy as key for growth in the fi rst part of this century making the SCIoT ideally placed to take advantage of that expansion and to provide the people it will need to succeed.

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