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:

Core PartnersSupporting Partners
Solihull College and University Centre (FE lead)Birmingham Metropolitan College
Aston University (HE anchor)University College Birmingham
Birmingham City University (HE anchor)University of Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham 
Employer Advisory Board
Continental Engineering ServicesPartner
Salts Healthcare LtdAnchor
Collins AerospaceSupporter

             alucast ces     force      salts      bosch       fanuc    

NB: The Employer Advisory Board is also chaired by Carl Arntzen

As part of the GBS IoT, Aston University will be delivering the following programmes from September 2020:



Manufacturing Engineering Degree Apprenticeship
Foundation Degree in Electrical Power Engineering
BEng Professional Engineering (work-based)
Control/ Technical Support Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship
Science Industry Process/ Plant Engineer Degree Apprenticeship
Supply Chain Management (Professional Practice) Degree Apprenticeship

We also offer a variety of CPD modules in areas such as Manufacturing, Power Engineering and Data Science. Please get in touch with Emma Mason for more details.