HORIBA MIRA Announces Construction of World-Class Skills Centre

Posted by ap507 at Sep 27, 2017 05:02 PM |
MIRA Technology Park - the UK’s leading automotive Technology Park and Enterprise Zone - has today announced the construction of the MIRA Technology Institute

Issued by HORIBA MIRA on 27 September

  • MIRA Technology Institute under construction on the MIRA Technology Park campus
  • Project is a unique collaboration with the Midlands’ top education institutes
  • Represents a total of £9.5m investment into the future skills gap

MIRA Technology Park - the UK’s leading automotive Technology Park and Enterprise Zone - has today announced the construction of the MIRA Technology Institute; a unique collaboration between HORIBA MIRA and some of the Midlands’ top education institutions.

The partnership - which alongside HORIBA MIRA, comprises lead partner North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Coventry University, Loughborough University, and University of Leicester - will see the construction of a 24,500 sq. ft. bespoke global skills centre at MIRA Technology Park.  

The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is being created to help to satisfy the ever increasing demand for specialist skills in the automotive sector – an issue that the UK has to solve to ensure the automotive sector continues to prosper. In particular, MTI - which is set to open in September 2018 - 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.

The development of the MTI follows research by the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to identify future skills needs. MIRA Technology Park, as a developing Enterprise Zone, focuses on auto sector R&D and - in the post-recession automotive renaissance in the UK - the demand for specialist technical skills has risen sharply as successful vehicle manufacturers and their supply chains have geared up for expansion and growth, while the supply of the specialist skills required has lagged behind. MTI offers a unique solution aligned with the government’s new Industrial Strategy Green Paper by creating a sector focused institute of technology. It is being funded with £9.5m from the Leicester and Leicestershire LEP Growth Deal Fund, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Developing talented apprentices right through to qualified engineers, the MTI will bridge the skills gap across the automotive sector with relevant expertise and qualifications, including:

  • Technical and non-technical training MSc-level courses delivered by HORIBA MIRA, leveraging the company’s specialist subject matter expertise and facilities
  • 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 through a range of specialist technical modules, delivered by Coventry University. In addition, the University will offer a full range of Automotive Degree Apprenticeships at Level 6+, as well as the world’s first foundation degree in Metrology
  • Masters-level post-graduate Certificates and full MSc programmes delivered by Loughborough University, focused on powertrain simulation and test, including hybrid and pure electric, body and chassis systems and intelligent vehicle systems
  • The University of Leicester will be delivering specialist courses in advanced structural dynamics 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
  • In addition a Doctoral school will operate from MTI, working with the university partners to deliver research programmes leading to PhDs

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

Marion Plant OBE, Chief Executive at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, said: “I am delighted the vision the College had for an advanced institute of technology is coming to fruition with the commencement of the building phase. As the lead partner, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College has been instrumental in the project design and delivery and we are thrilled with the rapid progress now being made.

“Our thanks to the LLEP and the Department for BEIS in supporting this vital project for our region. Importantly, 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.”

Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP, said: “The LLEP’s 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.”


For further information, please contact
Laura Rogers or Bethany Haller at Grayling on email horiba-mira@grayling.com.

Notes to Editors


HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors. We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey multi-vehicle design, development and build programmes.

With over 70 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, our engineers utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding. Our suite of over 38 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that by 2020 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us.

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Engineering Consultancy, Test Consultancy, Transport  Technology Park


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About North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College is a leading college group based in the Midlands. The college group was formed on 1 August 2016 when federation partners North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College officially merged, enabling both organisations to share best practice, improve quality, develop new learning opportunities for students, employers and communities, and to operate more efficiently. Through their shared Mission, ‘to achieve success through learning’, the colleges are committed to working in partnership with local, regional and national employers to ensure that they deliver the skills training that industry needs today and in the future. The colleges continue to operate in their existing brands as North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College.

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College also runs the Midland Academies Trust, an independent charitable organisation designed to support local schools.

For more information, visit: www.nwhc.ac.uk or www.slcollege.ac.uk.

About the University of Leicester 

The University of Leicester is led by discovery and innovation – an international centre for excellence renowned for research, teaching and broadening access to higher education. It is among the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings with 75% of research adjudged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health, culture, and the environment. Find out more: http://le.ac.uk/about-us

The University also provides a range of courses for transport sector professionals. Find out more: https://le.ac.uk/business/support-services/cpd/transport.

About Loughborough University

Loughborough University is internationally known and respected as one of the country’s leading universities, with a significant track record of partnership with the automotive sector to deliver industrially-relevant teaching and apply world-class research to drive innovation and competitiveness. It is ranked in the top 10 of every national league table and has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and 7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes. For more information, visit: www.lboro.ac.uk.

About Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic, global and transformational ‘modern university’ whose roots can be traced back to 1843 to the Coventry School of Design. Through its links with leading-edge organisations and its longstanding culture of business support, the institution has earned a strong reputation for enterprise and innovation which is spearheaded by its commercial arm, Coventry University Enterprises, and its renowned Technology Park.

Coventry University: The Nationwide Apprenticeship University delivers Higher and Degree Apprenticeships from Level 4 (Foundation) to Level 7 (Master’s) and beyond.

The university is also recognised internationally for the world-leading calibre of its teaching in engineering and design – particularly in the automotive field – as well as its research activities which support innovation in the transport industry, which includes collaborative activity with HORIBA MIRA. Earlier this year the two organisations launched the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Automotive Research to pioneer and test new developments in the intelligent transport sector. This builds on existing activity, including the £3.4m UK CITE and £2.5m iVMS projects with other leading industry players to test connected vehicle technologies in real-life conditions on the roads of Coventry and Warwickshire.

In addition, wide-ranging doctoral research collaboration, exploring technologies which make journeys safer, cleaner and more efficient is already under way.

About the LLEP

The LLEP is a strategic body established to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy. The LLEP works with partners and Government to set out key investment priorities for Leicester & Leicestershire. It also invests funding and aligns partner resources and through its investments and it influences and drives activities that ensure positive outcomes for the local economy. To find out more, visit www.llep.org.uk.

About the Local Growth Fund

Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.

Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.

Further information:

If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact DCLG press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.

Some additional key facts:

•           There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England

•           The government has awarded £9.1bn in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.

•           LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.

About the Midlands Engine:

•           The government is committed to making the Midlands an Engine for Growth in the UK, increasing economic growth and improving the quality of life for everyone. The Midlands is home to over 10 million people and over 780,000 businesses. Its economy is worth £217.7 billion.

•           So far the government has awarded £1.9 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Midlands.

•           Eight Enterprise Zones have been established in the Midlands Engine since 2012, and 3 zones have been extended. By March 2016 these had attracted almost £1 billion of private investment, and created 85 new businesses and 7,291 jobs

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