The government is establishing high-quality institutes of technology (IoTs). Aston University 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.
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
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 here.
As part of the GBS IoT, Aston University will be delivering the following programmes from September 2020:
Plus online modules in:
- 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design
- Data Acquisition and Control
- Electrical Machines Construction and Performance
- Engineering Design Applications
- Fluid Power Systems and Control for Manufacturing Engineering
- Maintenance Management Systems
- Manufacturing Systems
- Materials and Manufacturing
- Mathematical Methods for Electrical Engineering
- Pneumatics for Manufacturing Engineering
- Process Control and Instrumentation
- Quality Engineering
- Solid Mechanics, Vibration and Rotor Dynamics
- Systems Engineering
- Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer