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The University of Birmingham is joining a national celebration to mark the launch of the initial wave of 12 Institutes of Technology.

The University is a partner in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GSBIoT), supporting the ambition to address regional skills gaps in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Strategic Projects), Professor Jon Rowe is on the GSBIoT Board of Directors, he said: “I’m proud that the University is able to lend our expertise to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology. It is a great opportunity for further and higher education providers to collaborate in providing high quality education and helping students find fulfilling jobs.”

Institutes of Technology specialise in delivering higher technical education, focusing on the specific skills required in the local area. They will provide employers with a skilled workforce and students with a clear route to technical employment. By bridging skills gaps, these new institutes will drive growth and widen opportunity.

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills said: “Institutes of Technology are the pinnacle of technical education, helping to develop the highly-skilled talent pipeline employers will need for the future. By bringing together further education colleges, universities and businesses, Institutes of Technology are unique partnerships which will help to tackle skills shortages in vital sectors, from marine engineering to healthcare, cyber security to agri-tech.  Institutes of Technology are also playing a vital role in our multi-billion Plan for Jobs, which is helping to level up opportunities and support people to get the skills they need to get good jobs as we recover from the pandemic.”

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull IoT has brought together the most innovative education providers within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area with leading industry stakeholders to create a powerhouse for advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The consortium is led by Solihull College & University Centre, Aston University and Birmingham City University, working alongside South and City College Birmingham as a core partner and is supported by the University of Birmingham, BMET College and University College Birmingham. The partnership will jointly design, develop and widen education and training opportunities aligned to the latest skills needs of leading-edge employers and the local, regional and national economy. The group will target under-represented learners, facilitating clear opportunities for progression from school to high-level occupations.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology is all about two things: economic growth and prosperity.  The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology is going to give us wonderful new skills in the sectors of the economy that are really growing fast here.”

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