Have you heard about the government established high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). South & City College Birmingham is proud to partner in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull IoT, which was successful in its application through a government-led competition. 

Students across our Engineering and Computing T-Level courses automatically become Institute of Technology Learners and can take advantage of the facilities and opportunities provided by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT). 

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. 

What is an Institute of Technology? 

An Institute of Technology (IoT) is an exciting place to gain top-quality training and qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM)-based subjects. 

Located across England, IoTs are a national network of partnerships between local colleges, universities, and leading employers. 

Find out more

Visit the hub with their free online virtual tour.  

The Hub

Who are GBSIoT made of? 

A partnership of four universities and three colleges: 

  • Solihull College and University Centre 
  • Birmingham City University 
  • Aston University 
  • South and City College 
  • BMet College 
  • University College Birmingham 
  • University of Birmingham 
  • Supported by nine employers: 
  • AluCast 
  • Bosch (Worcester) 
  • Continental Engineering Services 
  • Envisage Group 
  • FANUC 
  • Hydra Force 
  • IMI 
  • Lander 
  • Salts Healthcare 
  • A powerhouse for advanced manufacturing and engineering 
  • Focused on driving your technical education 

The Hub 

The GBSIoT Hub, located on Holt Street, is a state of the art facility in the centre of Birmingham that houses the largest Cyber Physical Manufacturing Rig in Europe. 

The GBSIoT Hub is a space that represents an exciting collaboration in Birmingham and Solihull, supporting educational providers and employers, showcasing the best of engineering and advanced manufacturing, and inspires everyone involved to continue learning and growing.  

The Hub contains two classrooms with screens and hybrid meeting capability, each classroom can fit up to 20 participants, these can be combined to create a room that has a 40-person capacity. Visitors can grab a coffee and tea on site for meetings at a low-cost and the staff can provide suggested caterers if you require food. They have multiple areas open for hot desk working for stakeholders and partners. 

GBSIoT Hub is open to use for education, CPD, event and meeting bookings right in the heart of Birmingham. 

The Benefits to GBSIoT learners 

  • Use of more than £1 million worth of state-of-the-art, industry standard equipment 
  • Range of high-tech equipment, including 3D additive printer for metal work and a bespoke test rig for hybrid and electric vehicles 
  • Access to the GBSIoT’s Hub, including training on the £2 million Cyber Rig 
  • Pathways onto further learning 
  • Teaching staff have specialised training opportunities from companies such as Siemens and Festo 
  • Employers recognise GBSIoT programmes as delivering high value qualifications and experiences 

What courses are supported by the IoT at South & City College? 

As part of the GBSIoT, South & City College Birmingham will be delivering the following programmes: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering | BTEC Level 3 Diploma 
  • Engineering Technician (Machinist Pathway) Foundation Competence Level 2 
  • Engineering Technician (Machinist Pathway) BTEC Level 3 Diploma 
  • Engineering Technician (Machinist Pathway) Level 3 NVQ 
  • Engineering Technician (Technical Support Pathway) Foundation Competence Level 2 
  • Engineering Technician (Technical Support Pathway) BTEC Level 3 Diploma 
  • Engineering Technician (Technical Support Pathway) Level 3 NVQ 
  • Foundation Degree Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering | Level 5 Foundation Degree 
  • HNC Diploma Automotive Engineering | Level 4 HNC Diploma 
  • And many more! 

Take the next step towards your future and make the right choice with South & City College Birmingham this year in partnership with the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology. Progress your career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with us this September.  

Find out more by exploring our course feed search tool available.

Unsure about where you want to specialise? Visit the GBSIoT website and use their course finder tool. 

GBSIoT Course Finder

Find Out More 

  • Visit The Virtual Hub to have a look around this state of the art facility. 
  • You can find out more at the GBS IoT website – see how they work with employers and local communities. 
  • Follow GBSIoT on socials, @gbsiot on everything. 
  • If you are enrolled on one of our Engineering or Computing courses, why not chat to your tutor about arranging a visit. 
  • Check the GBSIoT events page for what’s happening across all partner institutions. 
  • Sign up to the GBSIoT newsletter.