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:
- Pearson Subsidiary Diploma Engineering
- Higher Apprenticeship Advanced Manufacturing Level 4 – all pathways
- Engineering Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship
- Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (RQF)
- Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (RQF)
- Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (RQF)
- Foundation Degree Manufacturing Engineering (New for 2020 – subject to validation)
- Foundation Degree Mechanical Engineering
- Foundation Degree Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Control/Technical Support Engineer Apprentice
- Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer Apprentice
- Manufacturing Engineer Apprentice
- Product Design/Development Engineer Apprentice
- BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Design
- BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- BEng (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering (New for 2020 – subject to validation)
- Engineering Technician Apprenticeship
- 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