The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) has reached the final of a prestigious awards scheme designed to reward organisations for their expertise in innovation. The MTI will take on two other finalists in the education and training category of the 2019 Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards due to be held at the King Power stadium in Leicester next month.
The MTI is an innovative collaboration between education and industry designed to address skills shortages in the new disruptive technologies surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles and electric cars.
The Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards were launched to celebrate the very best technology, services, digital advances, and creative thinking in the region. The awards event will also feature a business expo and guest speakers who will share their expertise in innovation.
MTI Director of Operations Lisa Bingley said, “We’re delighted to have been recognised in this way as finalists in the Innovation Awards. The MIRA Technology Institute was developed to provide an innovative solution to the problem of skills shortages within the rapidly-changing automotive sector. The MTI offers a full spectrum of training opportunities from apprenticeships to bespoke and commercial courses for businesses from across the sector, from SMEs to large organisations.
“The MTI provides access to a unique skills escalator, enabling progress to higher and degree level apprenticeships and beyond. This means that, for the first time, individuals can start an apprenticeship at Level 2 or above and progress to PhD level with the same training partnership.
As a dedicated resource for the automotive industry, the training is highly relevant and can be accessed by the full range and size of businesses within the sector including Tier 1 automotive businesses within the supply chain, and major international corporates.”
The MTI was developed by lead partner North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, along with HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. Built with £9.5m investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund via the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), the MTI is a specialist facility on the MIRA Technology Park near Hinckley and Nuneaton.
Lisa added, “Developments in digital technology inevitably mean that cars will get smarter and become dependent on highly complex computing skills as well as engineering prowess. As we see innovation increasing within the industry, educators need to step up and keep ahead of skills demands to ensure that the future workforce is fit for purpose.”
Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP said, “The MIRA Technology Institute officially opened in September 2018, so we are thrilled that our flagship Local Growth Fund project has been shortlisted for these awards in recognition of their unique approach to developing skills in the automotive sector.”
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