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Representatives across the automotive sector learned how skills delivery has changed dramatically in response to the demands of the coronavirus crisis. Leaders from the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) revealed how they had responded to the lockdown and the ‘new normal’ with innovative ways of working that embraced digital technologies enabling training programmes to be delivered through distance and online learning.

The MTI brought 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, led an online discussion by a panel of experienced industry and education experts on 17 September 2020.

Panellists included 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).

Lisa Bingley, Operations Director for the MTI said, “We were delighted to welcome more than 80 delegates to the webinar which explored the way skills will increasingly be delivered in the future as the industry turns with a renewed focus towards connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology and the growing demand for electric and hybrid vehicles.

“We heard 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. Key changes will be a move to more and better digital and online learning as well as increased responsiveness to the requirements of employers. Organisations of all types have become increasingly more agile during 2020, learning that they can respond more quickly, introduce innovation with a minimum of delay, and pivot their skills in ways that would have been unimaginable only a year ago.”

Representatives from McLaren, HORIBA MIRA, DHL, and the MIRA Technology Institute explored 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.


View the webinar below and read our Q&A session by clicking the button underneath the video.

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