Proposed Institute of Technology is a step closer in the Solent region
The proposal, led by Solent University (with Brockenhurst College, Eastleigh College, Fareham College, Havant and South Downs College, Isle of Wight College and the University of Portsmouth) to create an IOT specialising in digital technologies, engineering and marine has been selected to progress to the final in a second government-led competition.
In the first competition twelve IOTs were set up across the country. The second wave will appoint eight IOTs, specialising in delivering higher technical education at Levels 4 and 5, with £120 million capital funding to be shared amongst the winners. Proposals were invited from any local enterprise partnerships (LEP) areas that are currently not covered by an IOT.
The Solent bid focusses on the provider’s strong maritime links with core employer partners, including AB Ports, Portsmouth International Port and the Royal Navy, and highlights how a new IOT would contribute to the development of the globally leading Solent maritime cluster.
The news comes just weeks after the college announced an exciting new collaboration with Business South, Solent University and other FE colleges on the south coast to better serve employers across the region, and ensure seamless access to and involvement in career-focused education and skills development.
Paul Cox, Chief Executive and Principal, Eastleigh College, says “This is an exciting development for the College and our region. We have a strong working relationship with our academic and employer partners and the DfE’s decision to shortlist this collaboration validates all of our collective efforts. All those involved in the bid are to be congratulated on getting this far in the process. The prize now is to be able to offer even more specialist technical education to help close skills gaps in these important areas”.
Professor Karen Stanton, Solent University Vice-Chancellor, says: “We are delighted with this progress - Institutes of Technology aim to deliver technical knowledge, combined with the practical skills demanded by employers – values that are already embedded across Solent as we ensure all our students are ready for a successful future. We hope to be able to deliver these benefits to many more learners and offer further opportunities for education and growth across our community.”
The prestigious IOT status will be awarded to eight winners by the DfE later this year.
Catering learner books place in Major International Chef’s Culinary Challenge final
Level 3 Advanced Professional Catering learner Rishiram Chaudhary has emerged victorious in his Main Course competition heat to reach the final of the Major International Chef’s Culinary Challenge. The final will be hosted in March at the Excel centre in London. Rishiram’s success caps off a competitive opening heat hosted at our own East Avenue restaurant. Students from both Eastleigh College and Highbury College took part, tasked with creating a main course from scratch in fifty minutes, including preparing, cooking and presenting a two course plated dish.
Hair and Beauty learners wow NHS staff with free treatments
NHS staff in the local area have enjoyed complementary treatments from our Hair and Beauty learners, as part of a dedicated December 2021 campaign to thank them for their work throughout the pandemic. A total of twelve NHS staff members signed up for the year-end initiative, with services on offer including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and haircuts. Learners from all levels of Hair and Beauty study were given the opportunity to participate, with Level 2 learners gaining first-time salon experience and Level 3 learners incorporating the campaign into their Wednesday afternoon commercial salon timetable slots.