MIRA Technology Institute shortlisted for ‘prestigious’ Made in the Midlands award

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 17 April 2022

THE MIRA Technology Institute, located on the MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton, has reached the final stages of a ‘prestigious’ award scheme which has been designed to recognise ‘high quality’ training and apprenticeship for the manufacturing sector.

The Mira Technology Institute (Image: Birdbox PR)

It have been shortlisted for the twelfth year of the annual Made in the Midlands awards, which regularly attracts entries from more than 70 companies.

The finals of the award scheme is to be held on Thursday, 26 May, at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

The Mira Technology Institute (MTI) is an ‘innovative’ collaboration between education and industry that has been designed to address skills shortages in disruptive technologies which are associated with connected and autonomous vehicles and electric cars.

It helps support apprentices who are working for manufacturers, such as Polestar, Triumph Motorcycles, and Envisage Group.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chair of the MTI Operations Board and Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, stated that the MTI are ‘delighted’ to have been shortlisted.

She continued: “The MIRA Technology Institute was developed to provide an innovative solution to the problem of skills shortages within the rapidly changing automotive manufacturing sector and is now helping it to adapt and respond to post-pandemic challenges.

“Working with our 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.

“The MTI provides access to a unique skills escalator, enabling progress to higher and degree level apprenticeships and beyond.

She concluded: “As lead partner in the development of the MTI, we’re proud to have been recognised in this way as part of the Made in the Midlands Awards and are confident that we can progress further in the competition.”

Lisa Bingley, Director of Operations for MTI, said: “The automotive sector is facing challenges that it has never encountered before with the increasing pace of electric vehicle rollout, and the impact of rising costs, supply chain issues and the pandemic.

“Our role is to help ensure that the sector has access to the skills its workforce needs now and is able to reinforce these skills to ensure its resilience in the future.”

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