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Lancashire & Cumbria Institute of Technology (L&CIoT) combines the experience of established education providers and the business community to boost productivity and economic growth.                 

The IoT is not one place but a collective of organisations focused on delivering outstanding technical training to address skills gaps and anticipate future needs.

Part of a national network, the institute offers industry-leading facilities, equipment and training across multiple industries including construction, engineering, counselling and health and social care.

The IoT aims to give greater access to skills to all sections of society – regardless of who and where they are – and to regularly assess employer needs to ensure new training can be implemented quickly.


The mission of the Lancashire & Cumbria Institute of Technology is to:

+ provide employers with the skills that they need to succeed, now and in the future

+ provide learners with excellent technical education

+ enable the North West to become one of the world’s leading regions for digital, engineering and manufacturing technologies


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The government introduced Institutes of Technology (IoTs) to fill immediate skills gaps in industry and build a pipeline of talent for the future.

Located across England, IoTs are a national network of education providers and leading employers, delivering world-class technical education and training based on the needs of their regions.

There are currently 21 Institutes of Technology in the UK, which were selected through a government-led competition.

With its varied geography of cities, towns and rural areas, L&CIoT brings together the region’s best academic institutions with leading employers and learners.

Focused on the specific skills needed by the Lancashire and Cumbria business community, courses will ensure students are ready to plug gaps to enable businesses to prosper and grow.

L&CIoT is not one location but the collective name for a partnership of seven colleges and three universities spread across Lancashire and Cumbria.

The collaborative nature of the institute, and the investment made, means students have access to the best facilities to further their learning and ready them for the workplace.

Learners can study a broad range of qualifications in the areas of:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Computing and digital
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Healthcare and medical
  • Science

Courses are open to anyone, from school leavers to adults midway through their careers looking to upskill. 

It’s simple: 

  • Identify your chosen college.
  • Click the link to their website.
  • Follow their relevant application process.