The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) set to open in September 2018, will be the ideal training option for those looking to begin their career in automotive engineering.
MTI will develop specialist skills for the global automotive industry. It is a unique partnership between HORIBA MIRA and lead partner, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, along with Coventry University, Loughborough University and University of Leicester.
The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is being created to help to satisfy the ever increasing demand for specialist skills in the automotive sector – an issue that the UK has to solve to ensure the automotive sector continues to prosper. In particular, MTI – which is set to open in September 2018 – will help to create specialist skills in some of the new disruptive technology areas such as electrification and driverless car technologies, ensuring a sustainable supply of future technical specialists and engineers.
Developing talented apprentices right through to qualified engineers, the MTI will bridge the skills gap across the automotive sector with relevant expertise and qualifications, providing students and apprentices with a ‘ladder of opportunity’ up to level 8 (PhD level).
Marion Plant OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, said: “The MIRA Technology Institute provides a real opportunity to transform the skills supply, particularly at high levels, to the automotive industry. This will include a focus on the skills for the new disruptive technology areas including autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) vehicle technologies. It has the ability to secure a real ‘step change’ in the future productivity of the industry locally, regionally and globally. I firmly believe MTI represents the future of technical and skills training for the UK in line with the industrial strategy.”
George Gillespie OBE, CEO at HORIBA MIRA, said: “The MIRA Technology Institute is a unique solution that has been created to address a very real problem the UK automotive sector is facing. Importantly, it is well aligned with the government’s new Industrial Strategy. It will be a huge asset to MIRA Technology Park but we hope its benefits will be felt throughout the UK auto sector and beyond.”
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