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Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

The government is establishing high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). Aston University is a partner in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull IoT, which was successful in its application through a government-led competition.

Institutes of Technology are collaborations between further education (FE) providers, universities and employers. They specialise in delivering higher technical education (at Levels 4 and 5) with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

IoTs focus on the specific technical skills needs required in their area. They provide employers with a skilled workforce and students with a clear route to technical employment.

IoTs are designed for:

  • young people taking T levels or A levels who want to progress to higher technical education
  • adult learners who want access to further training
  • people in employment who want to develop new skills

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull IoT specialises in Engineering and Manufacturing and was developed to incorporate all Further Education Colleges and Higher Education Institutions in the region. The IoT is also advised by a group of Employers and Stakeholders to ensure that it is employer led and responds to the requirements of the area. A full list of partners and stakeholders can be found below.

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Partners and Stakeholders

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology is a region-wide collaboration between the following partners and stakeholders.

Partner  Type of Organisation 
Solihull College & University Centre (SCUC) FE College (Lead)
South & City College Birmingham (SCCB) FE College (Anchor)
BMet College FE College
Aston University Higher Education Institution (Anchor)
Birmingham City University (BCU) Higher Education Institution (Anchor)
University of Birmingham (UoB) Higher Education Institution
University College Birmingham (UCB) Higher Education Institution
Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd Employer Advisor & Chair of Board
Salts Healthcare Ltd Employer Advisor & Board Member
Alucast Employer Advisor
Continental Engineering Services Employer Advisor
HydraForce Employer Advisor
Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Stakeholder Advisor
Birmingham City Council Stakeholder Advisor
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Stakeholder Advisor
Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Stakeholder Advisor
Aim Higher West Midlands Stakeholder Advisor



Innovation & Skills Webinar

Discover how manufacturers can develop innovation  & skills to maintain
business performance through the current economic climate. Join Greater Birmingham Chamber and 5 manufacturing industry leaders at the #GBSIoT webinar on Tuesday 29th September, 10am to 11am.

To discover more about the webinar and to register visit

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