Case study by Coventry University

Delivering 2,500 student places per year when fully operational, MTI is the creation of an alliance between HORIBA MIRA and the Midlands’ top education institutes, with funding from the Leicester and Leicestershire EP Growth Deal Fund, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is the lead partner for this collaboration.

2018 is set to be a transformational year for the automotive sector in the Midlands as the new MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) opens its doors to students from September.

Born out of an urgent need to close the widening gap between the demand for specialist technical skills and the current labour force, this unique partnership will address this skills gap across the automotive sector by providing expertise and qualifications relevant to the industry now and in the future. The strength of MTI is the employer-led curriculum; each member can offer the right level of qualification and deliver industry-linked training and education across all levels, providing the skills that the industry needs to thrive.

“This project will help us to meet the demand for engineers regionally, nationally and globally by building a core skill set that will help to create future growth, employment and wealth. It is a leading model that could easily be extended to other sectors.” Marion Plant OBE, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Chief Executive

Qualifications, skills and opportunities on offer through the partner members include:

  • Inspiring 700 students through our STEM ambassador programme and a range of employability activities taking place within schools and colleges
  • Technical and non-technical training MSc-level courses delivered by HORIBA MIRA
  • Specialist courses in advanced structural dynamics by the University of Leicester, using their MIRA Technology Park-based ASDEC facility: specialist software for reliable ‘real time’ embedded systems and advanced engineering management courses up to MSc level
  • BTEC and EAL accredited qualifications and apprenticeship standards, delivered by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, providing robust skills for entry-level engineers
  • Masters-level delivery of specialist technical modules, delivered by Coventry University. Additionally, the University will offer Automotive Degree Apprenticeships at Level 6+, as well as the world’s first foundation degree in Metrology
  • Masters-level programmes delivered by Loughborough University, focused on Powertrain Simulation and Test; Intelligent Vehicle Systems; and Body Engineering and Test
  • A Doctoral school operating from MTI, working with the university partners to deliver research programmes leading to PhDs

In particular, MTI 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.

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at HORIBA MIRA, said: “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.”

With 40 companies on site, poised to do business with the rich variety of supply chain businesses within the area, MIRA Technology Institute is set to place the Midlands at the heart of automotive excellence.

Published: 29 August, 2018


This article first appeared in the 2018 State of the Relationship report, commissioned by Research England and compiled and published by NCUB.