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In action: Technology at work


Approval granted for regional IoT


A regional Institute for Technology (IOT), comprising seven West Midlands education establishments, has been given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson. And the initiative was greeted by


Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) as ‘exactly the focus on key skills that we need as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis in the coming months’. The Government announced last


year that they would be introducing IoTs across the country to focus on a range of specific technical skills needs, working in innovative collaborations between employers and further and higher education providers. The announcement means that


the Institute, led by Solihull College and University Centre, has received its license to operate as an Institute of Technology and can now begin the process of developing facilities in order for the Institute to operate. The Greater Birmingham and


Solihull Institute of Technology Consortium, which spearheaded the application to establish an Institute of Technology in Greater Birmingham, will oversee the institute to establish a “powerhouse for advanced manufacturing and engineering”. The consortium is led by Solihull


College and University Centre, Aston University, Birmingham City University and South and City College Birmingham as members and supported by BMET College, University College Birmingham and the University of Birmingham as partners. The partnership will jointly design, develop and widen education and training opportunities aligned to the latest


skills needs of leading employers; the local, regional and national economy; and Government priorities for technical education. The IoT will target under-


represented learners, facilitating opportunities for progression from school to high-level occupations. West Midlands mayor Andy Street


said: “I am delighted with this announcement and it is fantastic news for the region. The Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT will boost people’s skills, and offer great courses in the industries where our regional economy is booming. “The GBS IoT will help local


people gain great qualifications, so they have a better chance of getting a rewarding career in sectors which are growing very quickly. The IoT will also support the introduction of T-levels and help underpin growth in apprenticeships, to support our regional aspiration that everyone has the opportunity to access great training and great careers in the West Midlands.” Paul Faulkner, chief executive of


the GBCC, said: “We welcome the positive news that the new Institute of Technology in Greater Birmingham has received formal approval from the Secretary of State for Education. “This institute is exactly the


focus on key skills that we need as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis in the coming months and we look to get the economic renaissance that the region had been experiencing before the crisis back on track.”


To find out more about the IoT or for any enquiries, contact rosa.wells@gbsiot.ac.uk


May 2020 CHAMBERLINK 21


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