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13th Jun, 2021

New tech centre set to be a 'powerhouse' for the future

Ross Crawford 11th Jun, 2021

BUILDING work on a new state-of-the-art Institute of Technology (IoT) for Greater Birmingham and Solihull has begun on the Aston University’s campus.

Construction started on The Hub in May and is expected to be completed by December 2021, ready to open in January 2022.

In March 2020 the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology Consortium announced that the Secretary of State for Education had formally approved the region’s IoT as part of the Government’s drive to focus on a range of specific technical needs.

The project is designed to create a powerhouse for advanced manufacturing and engineering and is a collaboration between further education providers, universities and employers for the region.

The consortium is led by Solihull College & 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 IoT will jointly design, develop and widen education and training opportunities aligned to the latest skills needs of leading-edge employers; the local, regional and national economy; and Government priorities for technical education.

The IoT will target under-represented learners, including young people taking T levels or A levels who want to progress to higher education, as well as adult learners wanting to access further training and people in employment wanting to develop new skills.

The new building will be located on Aston University’s campus and will host a cyber manufacturing rig and new equipment for labs and workshops, including 3D printers, lathes and a coordinate measuring machine.

Director of employment and skills at Solihull College and University Centre, Rosa Wells, said: “We are very excited to see the building work start on our Institute of Technology Hub.

“The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Institute of Technology is committed to developing accessible routes into higher education in engineering across the region. T

“The completion of this building at the end of the year will ensure that learners benefit from the wonderful career opportunities available to them through closer links to our partners, investment in industry standard equipment and an agile and responsive course offer designed with our employer partners.”

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