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MK College wins £3.5 million bid to pilot new hi-tech business and education link up

Milton Keynes College has won a £3.5 million bid for government funding to set up a new skills centre to improve links with business.

The money will pay for the centre to be built at the Chaffron Way campus where companies and educators will collaborate in digital skills and artificial intelligence. If the trial is a success it could be rolled out across the country.

The centre will be operated in partnership with the South Central Institute for Technology (SCIoT), MK Chamber, the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and MK Council, along with the city-wide artificial intelligence group, MKAI.

Dr Julie Mills OBE, CEO and Group Principal of MK College Group says, “The success of this bid means we can set up a new service which will be employer-driven to help make sure learners are being taught the digital skills local business really needs. Being asked to pilot what could become a really significant national scheme shows that the Department for Education has real confidence in the Milton Keynes College Group. Levelling-up is a central pillar of government policy which aligns perfectly with the group strategy to provide fairer futures for all. The Skills Match which this funding will support will allow companies to tell us directly what their needs are and for us to use that knowledge to shape the digital curriculum.”


For more information, please contact Simon Garrett – – 07974 566043