The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is bringing together leaders from across the automotive industry to discuss how skills in emerging technologies will rejuvenate and reenergise the sector in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
McLaren’s Head of Electrification and Chair of AESIN, Stephen Lambert, is due to lead an online discussion by a panel of experienced industry and education experts on Thursday, 17 September 2020. Panellists will include Murray Goodrick, VP Business Development – Manufacturing Logistics at DHL Supply Chain, Lisa Rowles, Director of HR at HORIBA MIRA and MTI board member, and Tom Hamilton-Dick, Chair of Curriculum for the MTI and Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Innovation, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC).
The free webinar will examine how innovative skills development is set to boost the automotive sector and release the potential from a renewed focus on connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology and the growing demand for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Lisa Bingley, Operations Director for the MTI said, “The coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time for the automotive sector as the industry grapples with the seismic changes brought about by emerging technologies.
“As the sector turns its focus to a new post-pandemic era, the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is bringing together some key commentators to provide an overview on the latest sector developments. They will also explore how skills delivery is being adapted to provide solutions that will boost productivity, increase resilience, and better equip the industry to capitalise on the significant changes it is now experiencing.”
With representatives from McLaren, HORIBA MIRA, DHL, and the MIRA Technology Institute, the panel will explore the key issues around skills and training emerging from the pandemic including:
- How the automotive sector is adapting to focus on emerging technologies
- Key skills gaps and training requirements
- Diverse modes of education delivery in a socially distanced world
- How skills delivery has become more flexible and responsive
- Support to fund training and development.
The webinar will take place on:
Thursday 17 September 2020
2pm – 3pm
The panel is keen to hear from industry about the support it needs to get business back on track and will include skills sector experts from further and higher education partners within the MTI.
The MTI is the result of a unique collaboration led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, and its partners, HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, the University of Leicester, and Loughborough University. It was built with a £9.5m allocation from the Local Growth Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) for projects that benefit the local area and economy. A specialist facility designed specifically to train the next generation of engineers in the latest automotive technology, the MTI is located within the LLEP’s Enterprise Zone at MIRA Technology Park near Nuneaton and Hinckley.
Since it first opened its doors in 2018, the MTI has welcomed over 8,000 students and delegates. This includes over 630 studying for accredited qualifications from a Level 1 Institute of the Motor Industry certificate up to Masters’ degrees, and nearly 250 following apprenticeships at all levels.
Following its temporary closure during the coronavirus lockdown, the MTI building has now reopened and is available to host events and training sessions in accordance with social distancing guidelines.