MIRA Director joins national skills body

A director from the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI) has been appointed to the national body responsible for the development of T- Level qualifications and apprenticeships. Lisa Bingley (pictured), MTI’s Operations Director, joins the Institute for

Apprenticeships and Technical Education as a panel member for engineering and manufacturing. It is being led by Dr Graham Honeyman CBE, Head of International Business Development at Sheffield Forgemasters, and also includes representatives from E.ON UK, Jaguar Land Rover and the Ministry of Defence. The commitment, which Lisa takes on alongside her full-time role at the MTI, involves detailed oversight of apprenticeship standards and T-Levels to ensure that they meet the needs of students, businesses and the wider economy. The Institute for Apprenticeships and

Technical Education is responsible for the development of UK apprenticeships and T- Levels, the new two-year technical study

programmes set to become one of three major options for students to study at Level 3, alongside apprenticeships and A-Levels. It works with employer groups called trailblazers to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans. Selected to represent the

employer voice within the Institute, panel members are all passionate advocates for apprenticeships and T-Level qualifications.

The MIRA Technology Institute

‘It is essential that we enable organisations to upskill their workforces in the most meaningful way’

Lisa said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to join

the engineering and manufacturing route panel for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and look forward to making an impact at this critical time for British industry and education. “It is essential that we enable organisations to upskill their workforces

in the most meaningful way, bringing highly relevant skills to an employment market that is experiencing rapid change.” Lisa is a chartered engineer and works in a voluntary capacity for the

Institution of Mechanical Engineers, currently as chair of the automotive events programme committee and vice chair of the automotive division board. She is also STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

ambassador for Warwickshire, working with local schools to set up Imagineering clubs, where pupils work on practical engineering projects, and acting as a judge at the finals of the Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair. She added: “With the current spotlight on green energy, we are especially keen at the MTI to make sure that companies put themselves in the best position to compete in the new and disruptive technologies affecting the automotive sector, particularly those affecting emissions, driverless and electric vehicles.”

Success for principal... and former pupil

The Principal and Chief Executive of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College has been recognised with an award for lifetime achievement at a glittering ceremony in Leicester. Marion Plant OBE received the

honour in recognition of her business skills as part of the fifth annual Leicestershire Live Women in Business Awards. Meanwhile, a former apprentice

from the college who started as a sewing machinist with a car interior specialist and rose to become Operations Manager within three years, was also recognised at the awards.

Gemma Lee won the Best

Apprentice category. The lifetime achievement award

was presented to Marion for her outstanding contribution to the business community and was selected by an expert panel

6 business network November 2019

including awards sponsors and Chamber patron Growth Partners plc, Howes Percival and Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software, which presented the award. As Chief Executive Officer for the

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College Group and the Midland Academies Trust, she has worked to develop a commercial culture to help tackle increasing competition within the education sector and protect resources for the future through growth. She said: “I am thrilled to have

been selected by such an esteemed panel and delighted to have been singled out for this award. “I am particularly proud of the

achievements of all the teams within our Group who work tirelessly in the interests of giving young people and adults the opportunity to achieve their best potential.”

Principal and Chief Executive Marion Plant and former pupil Gemma Lee Gemma, meanwhile, started out

as a sewing machinist. Having shown an interest in design, she was asked to lead a small team, achieving an apprenticeship in team leadership which she passed with flying colours. Gemma said: “I was really

surprised to hear that I had even been nominated and haven’t stopped smiling since I heard that I had won the award. I was away on holiday in Menorca when I heard the news so missed the awards ceremony but celebrated with my family instead.”

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