In Work Skills Training

A range of flexible 14 week 'in work skills' training modules to provide working adults with a more holistic education around the area of mechatronics, Digitisation for manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, Electrification of Technology Development and Professional Engineering. Perfect for those looking to upskill or change career path.

Course type

Professional short courses/CPD

Course format

No placements


14 weeks 

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Course outline

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology (IoT) and Aston University have worked in partnership with local employers to develop in work skills training modules that address the existing STEM skills gaps.  Learners will benefit from courses that will help them rapidly upskill or retrain, as part of the government’s drive to plug skills gaps and boost access to more high-quality training alternatives.

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As part of the government's initiative, these course are provided completely free of charge.

Subject guide and modules

We offer a range of stand-alone modules that are taken on a distance learning basis, the modules below are available to take from 8 November.


This module covers areas such as electronics, sensors, mechanical principles, CAD, product and manufacturing design solutions and the synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, control theory and computer science.

Digitisation for manufacturing:

The module will look to provide professional learners with an understanding in digital capabilities and digitised processes, focusing on content such as machine learning, python, data analysis, and cybersecurity.

Sustainable Manufacturing:

The module will look to provide professional learners with an understanding of low carbon engineering, with a focus on content such as bioenergy, energy-from-waste, energy systems and bio-products markets.

Electrification of Technology Development:

The module will provide professional learners with an understanding of electrification and the associated re-architecting and re-imaging of the component parts, making clear terms like technical understanding, legislation, system architectures, safety considerations and manufacturing techniques.

Professional Engineering:

This module will educate new employees starting their first job in the engineering sector or those who have recently been promoted to a more autonomous role. It will introduce areas such as engineering context: health and safety; risk assessment; engineering ethics; sustainable engineering and the environment; intellectual property and confidentiality; legal contracts and liability; professional development and registration (EngTech or IEng).

Learning, teaching and assessment

Teaching will be a blend of classroom and remote online study. The online teaching will be delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), and online support of a Supervisor will also be available.

The assessment is in form of quizzes, and project work.

Teaching staff:

Professor Kate Sugden,Dr Gill KnightProfessor Yuchun XuDr John A R Williams,Dr Jason LaurieProfessor Tony ClarkTim Miller, Vitro Furlong and Santos Joao

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