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Institutes of Technology: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN 30068, tabled on 4 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department takes to measure the effectiveness of institutes of technology; and if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of York College at delivering on its objectives.

Answered on

21 July 2022

All Institutes of Technology (IoT) operate under a licence agreement, which includes stretching targets on learner starts, achievements, destinations, satisfaction and on specific learner groups such as level 4 and 5 technical learners, and underrepresented groups.

Performance reviews are carried out quarterly, which are linked directly to the Core Programme Objectives, and aim to:

  • Significantly increase the number of learners with higher level technical skills which are crucial to national, regional, and local productivity growth.
  • To attract a wide range of learners to maximise the social as well as the economic impact of this new type of institution.
  • To improve the occupational competency of learners to meet the needs of employers now and in the future.

Each IoT has a named contact, which is an official from the department, who meets regularly with the IoT to provide support and monitor progress.

Individual partners involved in an IoT, such as York College in the Yorkshire and Humber IoT, do not have any official individual performance objectives set by the department. This is because we consider performance of the IoT as a whole, as part of wider performance monitoring processes.