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MTI set to address digital skills shortages in automotive sector

The MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) has responded to predictions of a ‘catastrophic’ future digital skills shortage with news of its course offer that includes topics such as cybersecurity and AI.

The response comes on the back of a report by the Learning & Work Institute commissioned by WorldSkills UK that has highlighted the gap between the demand for AI, cloud and robotics skills and the numbers of new students currently engaging with IT and computer science studies.

MTI set to address digital skills shortages in automotive sector

Lisa Bingley, Operations Director at the MTI said, “We were originally set up to address skills shortages surrounding emerging technologies within the automotive engineering sector. Increasingly highly developed digital skills form a vital element of the skills base that is essential to work successfully with the latest industry developments especially in connected and autonomous vehicles.

“This latest report serves to reinforce our ambition to stimulate interest in IT-based career roles within the sector and demonstrate how computing skills can open the door to a wide range of exciting jobs.

“We have enhanced our range of programmes to include CompTIA qualifications in security, cybersecurity and networking. Students can also sign up to learn about the principles of AI and how these will apply to roles as a programmer, system architect, or business analyst in the future.

“Our message to potential students is very clear. Skills in these areas can offer lucrative career paths and appealing job prospects. If they want to become indispensable in the job market, digital skills have never been in higher demand.” 

The message is further reinforced in a report on digital skills and the automotive sector commissioned by Coventry University and the Institute of Coding which highlights the demands of Industry 4.0 for analytical, data and research skills. The report sets out how software engineering skills are needed to deliver smart factories that make use of wireless connectivity and sensors to maximise production and stock control.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chair of the MTI Operations Board, and Principal and Chief Executive North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College added, “We are keen to address this trend by highlighting the exciting opportunities that digital expertise can bring with skilled individuals going on to develop the latest in automotive technology and the self-driving cars of the future.”

The MTI is the result of a unique collaboration led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, and its partners, HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, the University of Leicester, and Loughborough University. Built with £9.5m investment from the UK Government’s Local Growth Fund via the Leicester and Leicester Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP), the MTI is a specialist facility designed specifically to train the next generation of engineers in the latest automotive technology.

The MTI is helping to create specialist skills in some of the new emerging technology areas including electrification and driverless cars. Since it first opened its doors, the MTI has welcomed over 12,000 students and delegates. This includes over 800 studying for accredited qualifications from a Level 1 Institute of the Motor Industry certificate up to Masters’ degrees, and over 360 following apprenticeships at all levels. More than 8,000 automotive professionals have taken part in professional development activities.  

The MTI has launched a new and innovative Connected Autonomous Vehicle Systems (CAVS) MSc course designed to provide students from a software engineering, computer science and other similar backgrounds with the required critical skills to produce robust and safe Automated Driving Systems (ADS) for use in CAV applications. The course begins in September 2021 and has been developed by MTI partners Coventry University and HORIBA MIRA.

For more information, call 02476 935680 or email [email protected].

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