Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube
East Midlands Chamber News

Institute to close the motor industry skills gap

Mira Technology InstituteConstruction of a ยฃ9.5m tedchnical institute aimed at closing the skills gap in the automotive sector was announced today.

Horiba Mira, formerly the Motor Industry Research Association, is a lead partner on the project on the Mira Technology Park and Enterprise Zone, on the Leicestershire side of the county boundary near Nuneaton. North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is also a lead partner.

The project - backed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, Loughborough University, University of Leicestershire, Coventry University โ€“ will see construction of a 24,500sq ft bespoke global skills centre which is being created to satisfy the ever increasing demand for specialist skills in the automotive sector.

The Mira Technical Institute is due to open in September next year and will help to create specialist skills in some of the new disruptive technology areas such as electrification and driverless car technologies, thereby helping to ensure a sustainable supply of future technical specialists and engineers.

It is being funded with ยฃ9.5m from the LLEP Growth Deal Fund, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP, said: โ€œThe 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.โ€