New skills hub to train engineers of the future

February 12, 2024

An innovative centre training the skilled engineers of the future is ready to take its next expansion step. 

The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) in Hereford has received £10 million of support so far from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to help it revolutionise the way engineering degrees are taught in the UK. 

With applications now open for the 2024 intake, NMITE is looking to the future and has applied for planning permission to build a new skills hub at its city centre campus. 

The campus is based in a former Edwardian school, and the new plans would see a disused toilet block demolished and replaced with a single storey, flexible teaching space designed for the 21st century. 

NMITE also has a purpose-built site in the Skylon Park commercial district on the edge of Hereford. 

The new skills hub, which has attracted £2 million of government funding, would be finished in handmade grey-brown ceramic tiles, with a red zinc roof. It will link to the existing building, on the corner of Blackfriars Street and Widemarsh Street, via a courtyard. 

If planning permission is approved, construction could start later this year. 

NMITE aims to revolutionise university education and deliver career-ready graduates with the skills to start work in the engineering sector. It offers bachelor and master’s degrees in integrated engineering and sustainable built environment, as well as short courses. 

It promises small group, hands-on teaching without formal lectures and traditional exams, working on real-world projects in conjunction with partner employers. Teaching is from 9-5 to leave weekends and evenings free, and applicants from all academic backgrounds are welcome. All first year students are offered accommodation in new city centre halls of residence. 

For more information about what NMITE can offer, visit  

Back to top arrow

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

For any finance queries please contact:

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

Skip to content