An innovative technology institute is due to showcase how it will address skills gaps within the automotive industry, as investment in the latest technologies sees accelerating global growth. Marion Plant OBE

A special event for businesses later this month will reveal how training through the new MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) is set to deliver the skills needed to keep pace with this burgeoning industry.

The UK government has recently announced a new £30 million fund to support British business in the development of autonomous vehicles which are expected to be seen on the streets by 2021. This follows news that sales of hybrid and electric vehicles are seeing exponential growth with numbers up by 38% since 2017.

Automotive manufacturers are increasingly turning their attention to the latest technologies. Nissan has plans to sell one million partly or fully-electric vehicles per year by 2022, as part of the Nissan Sustainability programme designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% in the same period.

Volvo is expecting that half of its sales will consist of fully-electric cars by the mid-2020s, and Jaguar Land Rover is working on a programme to create self-driving cars designed for off-road use.

Automotive sector businesses have been invited to a special event on 26 June to find out how the MIRA Technology Institute can help them to develop a highly skilled workforce that is equipped to meet the challenges of the automotive technologies revolution.

Built with £9.5m investment from the UK Government’s Growth Fund, the MTI is a 24,500 sq. ft specialist facility designed to train the next generation of automotive engineers. Due to open in September 2018, the centre will offer specialist skills and qualifications from apprenticeships through to PhDs.

The MTI is a unique collaboration with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, the lead partner, and HORIBA MIRACoventry UniversityLoughborough University and the University of Leicester.Speakers at the event will include Terry Spall, Commercial Director of MIRA Technology Park and Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

Marion Plant said, “We are delighted to be entering the final construction stages before we open the doors of the MIRA Technology Institute. With new developments in the automotive sector happening daily, the importance of this facility cannot be overstated.

“The MTI, is set to be the leading educator in the field of cutting edge disruptive automotive technologies including electrification and driverless cars, represents a unique collaboration between education and industry offering a single source of sector-specific training from technician to advanced level in a cutting-edge environment.

“We look forward immensely to welcoming businesses to our event and are keen to hear from them about the skills gaps they need to fill to address these exciting developments within the automotive and transport sector.”

Places are limited at the event which takes place on 26 June from 8am to 11am at MIRA Technology Park in Nuneaton. Businesses from the sector that are interested in attending should email