- MIRA Technology Institute under construction on the MIRA Technology Park campus
- Project is a unique collaboration with the Midlands’ top education institutes
- Represents a total of £9.5m investment into the future skills gap
The partnership – which alongside HORIBA MIRA, comprises lead partner North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Coventry University, Loughborough University, and University of Leicester – will see the construction of a 24,500 sq. ft. bespoke global skills centre at MIRA Technology Park.
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.
The development of the MTI follows research by the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to identify future skills needs. MIRA Technology Park, as a developing Enterprise Zone, focuses on auto sector R&D and – in the post-recession automotive renaissance in the UK – the demand for specialist technical skills has risen sharply as successful vehicle manufacturers and their supply chains have geared up for expansion and growth, while the supply of the specialist skills required has lagged behind. MTI offers a unique solution aligned with the government’s new Industrial Strategy Green Paper by creating a sector focused institute of technology. It is being funded with £9.5m from the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP Growth Deal Fund, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Developing talented apprentices right through to qualified engineers, the MTI will bridge the skills gap across the automotive sector with relevant expertise and qualifications, including:
- Technical and non-technical training MSc-level courses delivered by HORIBA MIRA, leveraging the company’s specialist subject matter expertise and facilities
- BTEC and EAL accredited qualifications and apprenticeship standards, delivered by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, providing robust skills for entry-level engineers
- Masters-level delivery through a range of specialist technical modules, delivered by Coventry University. In addition, the University will offer a full range of Automotive Degree Apprenticeships at Level 6+, as well as the world’s first foundation degree in Metrology
- Masters-level post-graduate Certificates and full MSc programmes delivered by Loughborough University, focused on powertrain simulation and test, including hybrid and pure electric, body and chassis systems and intelligent vehicle systems
- The University of Leicester will be delivering specialist courses in advanced structural dynamics using their MIRA Technology Park-based ASDEC facility, specialist software for reliable ‘real time’ embedded systems and advanced engineering management courses up to MSc level
- In addition a Doctoral school will operate from MTI, working with the university partners to deliver research programmes leading to PhDs