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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Institute of Technology is set to receive a further £1m of funding

Stafford Borough Council secured £1M funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which is part of the government’s Levelling Up agenda, and will be using it to back the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Institute of Technology (SoTSIoT) project.


Work commenced earlier this year on the £22.5M educational centre that is being constructed in the heart of the Stafford Station Gateway regeneration scheme, and is expected to attract more than 3,500 new students, with the first intake of learners scheduled for 2025.

Backed by training providers, NSCG, Keele University, Burton & South Derbyshire College and Axia Solutions, alongside key employer partners; Dell, Hitachi, Moog, Siemens and St Modwen Logistics, the Institute of Technology (IoT) development will bring together industry, education and research to jointly design and develop education and training opportunities aligned to the skills needed by employers, the local, regional and national economy and Government priorities for technical education.

Utilising a hub and spoke approach, the IoT will serve the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent from a number of key locations and will see employers and academia working collaboratively to widen participation in targeted STEM areas, with a focus on manufacturing and engineering across a wide range of specialisms, including the built environment, health sciences, sustainability and digital technology/innovation.

Staffordshire IOT
Staffordshire IOT

Principal and Chief Executive of NSCG, Craig Hodgson, has thanked the council for supporting their vision and helping it turn into a reality, he said: “Collaboration sits at the heart of the strategy for Institutes of Technology, and the partnership working to bring this fantastic facility to the heart of the exciting Stafford Gateway project has been nothing short of exceptional.

“We thank Stafford Borough Council for their support and can’t wait to welcome learners though our doors in 2025.”
Leader of Stafford Borough Council, Aidan Godfrey, said: This will be a fantastic facility and forms an integral part of our ambitious Station Gateway regeneration scheme. The Institute of Technology will bring many benefits to the county town – by not only attracting new students, who will be able to enjoy an innovative learning environment, with first class facilities, but also for our local economy.”

“We are seeing significant investment in Stafford which demonstrates the confidence the government and investors have in our ability to deliver on our ambitions.

“This is all part of our ‘Project Stafford’ and, this year and next, people will see more of the plans taking shape on the journey to have a town we can be proud of.”


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