27 Sep 2017 | Category: LLEP News

New £9.5m automotive skills centre set for Enterprise Zone

MIRA Technology Park, the automotive Technology Park and Enterprise Zone, has announced the construction of the £9.5m MIRA Technology Institute – a collaboration between HORIBA MIRA and some of the Midlands’ top education institutions.

The 24,500 sq ft Mira Technology Institute will be a collaboration between North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Coventry University, Loughborough University, and the 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.

The new skills centre is being funded with £9.5m from the LLEP’s Growth Deal Fund, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP, said: “The LLEP’s Local Growth Fund has been extremely successful for the Leicester and Leicestershire area. We are all very excited about the new MIRA Technology Institute which will open for students next September. This is a great investment and will see an outstanding 2,500 training places each year.”

“MIRA Techology Institute will offer courses which range from day training courses to 2 year specialist post graduate courses. What’s more, 30% of these places are expected to be taken by persons already employed on Mira Technology Park Enterprise Zone to enhance their R&D skills.”

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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