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 Institute of Technology 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