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Greater Birmingham and Solihull awarded Prestigious Institute of Technology for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is delighted with the announcement that the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology Consortium has had its application to create an Institute of Technology (IoT) approved by the Secretary of State for Education.

The Government is looking to introduce IoTs across the country to focus on a range of developing technical skills. They will be created through an innovative collaboration between employers, further and higher education providers.

For the first time, this unique and exciting proposal brings together Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) providers within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, with leading industry stakeholders, to create a powerhouse for the development of advanced manufacturing and engineering skills.

The partnership, supported by GBSLEP and led by Solihull College and University Centre, Aston University and Birmingham City University, will work alongside South and City College Birmingham as a core partner and supported by BMET College, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham.

The partnership will jointly design, develop and widen education, and training opportunities that are aligned to the latest skills needs of leading tech employers, the local, regional and national economy, and Government’s priorities for technical education.

The group will target learners from underrepresented groups and facilitate clear opportunities for progression from school to high level occupations.

John Callaghan, GBSLEP Director for FE, said:

“Opportunities in the tech sector are expected to increase as businesses develop and adopt new technologies and, as a region, we want to ensure that our young people have the necessary skills to take up these opportunities.

“In line with the findings of the 1001 Trades report, published last week, the Institute of Technology will create the foundations, and develop the skills, that young people need to progress in tech careers.

“What the partnership is doing, is creating the foundations for an inclusive and diverse technical workforce.”

Sophie Drake, GBSLEP Director for Young People, added:

Today’s news that the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology consortium has been successful in securing an Institutes of Technology is brilliant and a real testament to the work being done by education, public and private sector partners to grow the city region’s advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

“Coming just days after the release of GBSLEP’s 1001 Trades report in partnership with Doink and Nesta, which highlighted some of the barriers to our young residents when entering into tech-related roles, it is excellent to see such a large scale, innovative approach to skills provision, which is going to so actively engage with under-represented learners, which will go on to contribute to economic growth in Greater Birmingham and Solihull.”

In addition to GBSLEP a number of other organisations including, West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Aim Higher have contributed to the project and will be essential for the implementation of a successful IoT, making Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT a truly collaborative project.

Carl Arntzen, Chief Executive Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, said:

As Chair of the GBSLEP Institute of Technology Advisory Board which has been actively supporting the development of the employer led focus of this Institute of Technology, we are delighted to see important investment in the region and to ensure employers can work in partnership with the consortia to address the skills deficit for advanced manufacturing businesses.”

The Employer Advisory Board represents a wide variety of sectors. Companies involved include Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd, Salts Healthcare Ltd, Continental Engineering Services, Hydraforce, Malthouse Engineering Co Ltd and Alucast.

To access the full 1001 Trades report, click here.