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Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

The government is establishing high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). BMet 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.

Visit the GBSIoT Hub

Inside GBIoT Hub

Take a virtual tour of the fantastic Cyber Rig manufacturing facility in the heart of Birmingham.

You can use the HUB’s online pathfinder tool to generate a possible career pathway.

GBSIoT Virtual Tour

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

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GBSIoT benefits to employers

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.



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The GBSIoT specialises in Engineering and Manufacturing and was developed to incorporate all further education colleges and higher education institutions in the region. The GBSIoT 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.

As part of the GBSIoT, we deliver the following programmes:

Partners and Stakeholders

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

Partner  Type of Organisation 
Solihull College & University Centre (SCUC) FE College (Lead)
South & City College Birmingham (SCCB) FE College (Anchor)
BMet College 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



GBSIoT Cyber Physical Manufacturing Rig Demonstation

Learn about the mobile robots we have and how they move across the labs.

GBSIoT: What is Industry 4.0?

What is Industry 4.0? And what does it mean for me? This short video explains all about industry 4.0, how we are educating at GBSIoT and how it’s used in the real world!


Avril: Train Maintenance Apprentice

Imad: Engineering Technician Apprentice

Adult Learners

Thousands more adults set to benefit from new technical skills – Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology

GB&S Institute of TechnologyThousands of working adults will be offered free courses to rapidly upskill in STEM sectors including engineering, digital and construction – building on the Prime Minister’s pledge to get more people into higher wage, higher skilled jobs Sixty-five courses to be available from later this month at 10 Institutes of Technology, supporting up to 4,000 […]


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