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Home of code breakers becomes contemporary digital training centre

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Author: Rob Ward

Microsoft is part of a consortium that has been awarded Government funding to transform part of Bletchley Park into an Institute of Technology teaching digital skills. £28 million will be used by 8 companies to refurbish Block D: space used during the second world war for breaking, deciphering and analysing German Enigma coded traffic.

Around 1,000 adult students will attend the Institute every year for technical qualifications, higher apprenticeships and training to help tackle the UK digital skills gap. It is estimated that more than 500,000 highly skilled workers are needed to fill digital roles by 2022. That figure is three times the number of computer science graduates that the UK has produced over the past 10 years.

This consortium, which also includes KPMG, McAfee and Cranfield University amongst others, will use its funding to create a state-of the-art facility that will build on and complement further and higher education institutions in the Buckinghamshire area. It will contain cutting-edge equipment and have access to the latest research from university partners, in Microsoft’s case, from Milton Keynes College, to anticipate the skills that employers will require in the future. Local employers and partners will contribute additional investment, teaching staff and equipment.

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