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    We were pleased to highlight the importance of new skills that address the needs of Industry 4.0 at the LCV2019 technology show at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford last month. The show, organised by the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK, brought together industry experts and UK decision makers, including representatives from government, to discuss the significant challenges facing the automotive sector. These include addressing skills gaps around the low carbon and air quality agendas which are challenging businesses throughout the automotive supply chain.

    Lisa Bingley, Director of Operations at the MTI said, “Developments in low carbon technology inevitably mean the decline of the internal combustion engine as it currently exists. In order to take advantage of the significant future opportunities within the sector, businesses will need to upskill their workforce and invest now in training and development.

    “The Advanced Propulsion Centre’s report on emerging technologies has highlighted the central importance of lightweight technology, traction batteries, traction electric motors and power electronics to the future of vehicle propulsion. As we see innovation increasing within the industry, educators need to step up and keep ahead of skills demands to ensure that their teams’ skills are fit for purpose.”

    The MIRA Technology Institute was developed to provide an innovative solution to the problem of skills shortages within the rapidly-changing automotive sector. Working with education partners in further and higher education, 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.