MIRA Technology Park, the advanced engineering, research and test consultancy based near Hinckley, has launched MIRA Academy; a training and education offer that aims to further develop the skills of existing MIRA staff and support future generations of engineers and technicians.
With plans to create more than 2,000 jobs across MIRA and MIRA Technology Park by 2020, MIRA Academy will provide an essential training resource to address the skills needs not just of its own staff, but also those from the growing number of partner, customer and industry-related organisations based at the 1.75 million sq. ft. technology park development granted Enterprise Zone status in 2011.
Dr George Gillespie, CEO at MIRA said:
“At MIRA we recognise the need to not only prepare appropriately skilled staff for our own needs, but also the needs of our rapidly increasing customer base within MIRA Technology Park. Launching the MIRA Academy is a crucial step forward in addressing these needs.”
Through a programme of more than 100 training courses, and a dedicated on-site facility, MIRA Academy will support the company’s existing Apprentice and Graduate Development Scheme participants, and sponsored MSc and PhDs, in addition to providing local education providers with a range of services – from work experience placements and support with STEM sessions to employability training. MIRA has developed a number of partnerships with local education providers offering support in STEM subjects and additional work readiness activities in local schools and colleges.
Andrew Bacon, Chairman of the LLEP Board, said:
“Enterprise Zone status has already helped to attract high-profile names in industry to the Technology Park and since the development was announced in 2010, a total of 188 technology-related jobs have been created.”
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