Priestley to play part in region’s future

PRIESTLEY College is playing its part in a partnership that aims to create world-class education and a workforce with the skills needed by employers.

Priestley is part of the collaboration that is the Cheshire and Warrington Institute of Technology (IoT), which has just been awarded £120million by the Government.

Its vision is to ensure young people entering the workforce have the skills needed by employers to keep the region at the forefront of industry.

“We fully support this investment and the Institute of Technology’s plans to develop the region’s dynamic workforce through the outstanding teaching and range of courses we offer,” said Principal James Gresty.

Cheshire College is the lead organisation for Cheshire and Warrington’s Institute of Technology.

Other collaborators include Macclesfield, Reaseheath and Warrington and Vale Royal colleges as well as the University of Chester.  

The partnership, involving a range of leading names from the world of business such as Encirc, Warrington and Halton NHS Trust, Alderley Park Ltd and Case IH, will offer world-class training and education.

It will provide people with the most in-demand skills and address any gaps in the local workforce.

Institutes of Technology are unique collaborations between employers, colleges and universities that specialise in offering high-quality Higher Technical Education and training in subjects such as advanced manufacturing, digital and cyber security, aerospace and healthcare. 

Across the region all industries have existing employees that will require ongoing re-skilling and up-skilling because of the rising impact of automation and digitisation. 

The Institute will deliver world-class higher technical skills in:  Computing, Engineering, Health and Life Sciences, Agri-Tech, Construction and The Built Environment, Science and Maths.

Those studying at the institute will benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, providing an ideal environment for learning.  

Dhesi, Principal and CEO at Cheshire College, said: “This is just one initiative that will enable the local economy to recover from the impact of the pandemic and get back on track to achieve ambitious development within the Cheshire and Warrington region.”

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