Higher level skills, including those in specialised technical areas, are critical to increasing productivity and sustainable career progression.

The LEP is working closely with FE, HE and employer partners – led by York College – as they establish an Institute of Technology (IoT) in the region. 12 IoTs have been announced across England, attracting government funding and tasked with developing high quality technical routes to gaining sought after skills and technical qualifications as a credible alternative to a university focused academic pathway.