Greater Birmingham & Solihull

Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT) specialises in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. We retrain, upskill and inject new talent into industry with the latest skills and knowledge needed by employers. At GBSIoT, we collaborate to increase research opportunities and support knowledge transfer potential, enabling greater opportunities in the sector for individuals from all backgrounds.

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  • Engineering
  • Advanced Manufacturing


  • Solihull College & University Centre
  • South & City College Birmingham
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College
  • Aston University
  • Birmingham City University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University College Birmingham

The opportunity to work with Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT will be invaluable in expanding our workforce development, and it is a privilege to support the IoT in its mission to work with underrepresented groups, raise aspirations and work towards a more inclusive sector.

Christine Tolley
Head of Human Resources, Hydraforce Hydraulics Ltd

As Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT Advisory Board, 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.

Carl Arntzen
CEO Worcester Bosch

As a small employer, I am passionate about supporting young people to progress into engineering careers. I find it incredibly useful to sit on the Employer Advisory Board at GBSIoT as I have the opportunity to feedback on our workforce development and where we need support with upskilling.

Tony Sartorius
Chairman, Alucast Ltd

Working with the IoT has enabled Continental Engineering Services to inform course development across the region's colleges and universities, supporting upskilling and reskilling for the automotive workforce as the UK transitions into exclusively manufacturing electric and hybrid vehicles.

Neil Heslington
Managing Director at Continental Engineering Services Ltd.



A new state-of-the-art Institute of Technology for Greater Birmingham and Solihull will open in Spring 2022. The new building will host a cyber manufacturing rig and new equipment for labs and workshops, including 3D printers, lathes and a coordinate measuring machine.

Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE FREng Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University said:

“When built, this will be a fabulous resource for students and learners from across the Greater Birmingham & Solihull region to connect with each other as they develop their skills to equip the region with a pool of talented engineers. The Hub will be home to a new cyber physical manufacturing rig which will create a simulated working environment linked to advancing Industry 4.0 technology and state of the art digital facilities."

Greater Birmingham & Solihull IoT Engineering Workshop

Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT Advanced Manufacturing workshops

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