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The government is establishing high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). South and City college 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.

As part of the GBS IoT, South and City College will be delivering the following programmes from September 2020:

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


Type of Organisation 

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 


Employer Advisor  

Continental Engineering Services

Employer Advisor 


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

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