New auto sec­tor skills cen­tre gets boss

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

AN OP­ER­A­TIONS man­ager has been ap­pointed to the de­vel­op­ing £9.5 mil­lion skills cen­tre for the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor at Horiba MIRA.

Lisa Bin­g­ley takes up the role at the MIRA Tech­nol­ogy In­sti­tute (MTI) with im­me­di­ate ef­fect ready for the launch next Septem­ber.

A part­ner­ship be­tween Horiba MIRA and North War­wick­shire and Hinck­ley Col­lege will help sat­isfy the ever-in­creas­ing de­mand for spe­cial­ist skills in the mo­tor in­dus­try.

De­vel­op­ing tal­ented ap­pren­tices right through to qual­i­fied engi­neers, the MTI will bridge the skills gap across the sec­tor with rel­e­vant ex­per­tise and qual­i­fi­ca­tions, pro­vid­ing stu­dents and ap­pren­tices with a ‘lad­der of op­por­tu­nity’ up to level 8 (PhD level).

It is ex­pected to be­come a global cen­tre of ex­cel­lence, help­ing to nur­ture spe­cial­ist skills in new dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy ar­eas such as elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and driver­less cars, en­sur­ing a sus­tain­able sup­ply of fu­ture tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists and engi­neers.

Lisa joins the Govern­ment backed in­sti­tute on a sec­ond­ment to North War­wick­shire and Hinck­ley Col­lege from HORIBA MIRA, where she is cur­rently a pro­gramme man­ager.

While MTI is be­ing con­structed Lisa will work to en­sure the cen­tre’s train­ing pro­vi­sion de­liv­ers the skills re­quired to ful­fil the needs of lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional au­to­mo­tive and trans­port de­vel­op­ment.

She said: “The MIRA Tech­nol­ogy In­sti­tute will pro­vide an an­swer to the real skills chal­lenge we have in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and I’m thrilled to be a part of its cre­ation. I look for­ward to work­ing with the project part­ners to bring the MTI to life and pro­vide a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for the de­vel­op­ment of au­to­mo­tive skills.”

The project of­fers a unique so­lu­tion aligned with the Govern­ment’s new In­dus­trial Strat­egy by cre­at­ing a tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tute fo­cused on ve­hi­cle de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

It is be­ing fi­nanced with £9.5 mil­lion from the Leicester and Le­ices­ter­shire LEP Growth Deal Fund and is backed by the Depart­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy (BEIS).

Col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners in­clude Coven­try Univer­sity, Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Leicester.

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