The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT) recently hosted a workshop centered around the Siemens Connected Curriculum program. The event was aimed at introducing local educators to the program, which provides resources and support for teaching advanced manufacturing and engineering skills to students.
Siemens is a global technology company with a long history of involvement in the education sector. Its Connected Curriculum program is designed to help bridge the gap between education and industry by providing teachers with a framework for delivering hands-on, practical learning experiences that prepare students for careers in fields like engineering and manufacturing.
The workshop, which took place at the GBSIoT Hub, was attended by educators from across the region, who were given an overview of the program and its key components. These include a range of resources, such as lesson plans, activities, and assessments, that are designed to align with industry standards and provide students with practical skills that can be applied in the workplace.
One of the main goals of the workshop was to encourage educators to incorporate the Siemens Connected Curriculum into their own teaching practices. The program is flexible and adaptable, and can be used in a variety of settings, from secondary schools to further education colleges and training providers.
As well as providing resources, the program also includes training and support for educators, to help them develop their own skills and knowledge in areas like digital manufacturing, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT). By developing these skills, teachers are better able to prepare students for the fast-changing world of work, where advanced manufacturing and engineering technologies are increasingly important.
The GBSIoT is an ideal location for hosting this kind of event, given its focus on providing technical and vocational education and training to learners across the region. The institute is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a state-of-the art Festo Cyber Physical Manufacturing Rig, that provides students with hands-on experience of the latest technologies and processes.
By partnering with Siemens and hosting events like the Connected Curriculum workshop, the GBSIoT is helping to support the development of a highly skilled and adaptable workforce that can meet the needs of local industry. It also provides a valuable opportunity for educators to share best practices and learn from each other, creating a supportive network that can help to drive innovation and excellence in technical education.
Overall, the Siemens Connected Curriculum program and the recent workshop at the GBSIoT demonstrate the importance of strong partnerships between education and industry, and the potential for collaborative approaches to drive positive change and prepare students for successful careers.