Skills Challenge taken up by HORIBA MIRA to train young engineers
Nuneaton-based Japanese automotive engineering consultancy HORIBA MIRA is creating a new work experience network for local schools, colleges and other businesses.
The project is being supported by a Warwickshire County Council Skills Challenge grant worth £36,497.
Work experience placements will not only be offered at HORIBA MIRA, the global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors, but also other businesses on the MIRA Technology Park.
Firms will work with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and careers-leads in schools and colleges to provide opportunities for students.
‘There is a real shortage of young people entering engineering and other STEM related careers,” said MIRA Technology Park Skills Manager, Torin Spence. “By bringing together the industry-leading companies on the MIRA Technology Park with local young people, schools and colleges, we want to be able to show what the Automotive Engineering sector is like in 2017 and inspire local young people to choose engineering as a career path."
Introduced in April 2017 and able to offer grants between £20,000 and £40,000, the Skills Challenge funding supports projects which directly address a high-priority skills need in a particular occupation, sector or geographic area in Warwickshire.
Warwickshire County Council's Skills for Employment manager Glenn Robinson said: "The work experience network set up by HORIBA MIRA is an excellent project which we are pleased to support with Skills Challenge funding.
"By helping to equip local students with the skills they need to pursue a career in engineering, this project will benefit the students themselves and also the business community in both the short term and the medium and long terms as we develop a new generation of highly-trained engineers."