Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

What is an Institute of Technology?

The government is establishing a number of high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). Solihull College & University Centre is leading 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.

As part of the GBS IoT, Solihull College & University Centre will be delivering the following programmes from September 2020:

CPD Modules

  • Sustainable Engineering for Manufacturing
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Production Engineering for Manufacture
  • Automation, Robotics and Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture
  • Engineering Design
  • Quality and Process Improvement
  • Introduction to Hydraulics
  • Introduction to Pneumatics
  • Introduction to CAD

Partners & Stakeholders

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

  • Solihull College & University Centre (SCUC) FE College (Lead)
  • South & City College Birmingham (SCCB) FE College (Anchor)
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) 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

Find Out More

To find out more, complete the following form:

Expression of Interest Form