Businesses across the region will receive a vital boost, thanks to the launch of the new Sussex and Surrey Institute of Technology (SSIoT).
The Sussex and Surrey Institute of Technology (SSIoT) officially launches in September, enabling businesses to get the skills and talent they need to thrive, while supporting individuals to either launch or develop their careers. Our focus is to address higher level skills needs in:
- Engineering & Manufacturing
- Digital Technologies
- Construction, Planning & The Built Environment
- Sustainable Technologies & Practices
The hub of the Sussex & Surrey Institute of Technology will be based in Crawley with specialist satellite locations developed at NESCOT college in Epsom and at the University of Sussex and University of Brighton. The hub, a state-of-the-art building, will house industry leading resources including a “learning factory”. The £14m building will begin development in Spring 2023 and will open its doors in Autumn 2024.
Innovation & collaboration
At the heart of our Institute of Technology is a commitment to innovation and collaboration. We are built on a network of leading industry partners and academic institutions, with a focus on developing practical, real-world training and development to address the challenges faced by businesses. Students will have access to the latest technologies and cutting-edge research, as well as opportunities to work on real-world projects and collaborate with industry professionals.
Benefits to students
One of our key strengths is our focus on practical, hands-on learning. We understand that the best way to prepare students for the ‘real world’ is to give them real-world experience. That’s why we are investing heavily in state-of-the-art facilities, including labs, workshops, and industry-leading resources – to ensure that learners can learn by doing. Whether it’s designing and building a robot, developing a new app or product, our students will have access to everything they need to turn their ideas into reality.
We recognise that every student is unique, with their own interests, strengths, and learning styles. That’s why we offer a range of flexible learning options, including apprenticeships, part-time and full-time courses, online and blended learning as well as customised training programs. This means that students can tailor their learning experience to suit their individual needs and goals, whether they’re looking to upskill, pursue a new career, or simply explore their passions.
Benefits to business
One of the key challenges facing businesses across our region is tackling the current skills gaps while also preparing for future skills needs, which is stagnating productivity and hindering growth. We recognise the criticality of developing and retaining local talent to reduce the need to recruit out of the region which is why all our programmes and courses have been designed by employers, for employers in collaboration with the region’s leading academic institutions.
Significant investment is being made to provide the latest, industry standard equipment and resources as well as the development of state-of-the-art training facilities.
One of our standout features is our strong links with industry. The institute is a collaboration with some of the world’s leading companies, including Gatwick Airport, Roche, Natwest and Wates construction, to name just a few. These partnerships provide students with unparalleled opportunities to gain industry experience, network with professionals, and learn about the latest developments in their field. We also work closely with local businesses and organisations to ensure that its programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of the local economy.
Gary Wilkinson, Regional Managing Director at the Wates Group, said: “We welcome the opportunity to support and work alongside the Institute of Technology in helping students and employers to develop the future skills needed to succeed in constantly advancing markets, including construction and building maintenance.”
Gerard Harkin, Head of Innovation (UK & Ireland) for Roche, added: “By improving access to STEM subjects, we hope to help grow the next generation of innovators, and that’s why we are proud to be an industry partner with the IoT”.
The future, today
The Sussex and Surrey Institute of Technology will be an exciting and innovative place to learn and study. With our focus on courses to address our current and future skills needs, practical learning, personalised education, industry partnerships, and entrepreneurialism, we offer a unique and engaging learning experience. Whether you’re a business looking to recruit or upskill staff, are a school leaver or graduate, or a professional seeking to broaden your horizons – the SSIoT is the place to be.