Automotive research company gains MoD award

HORIBA MIRA gains recognition from the MoD for its support of ex-military personnel in returning to civilian employment.

Former corporal employed at HORIBA MIRAThe UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recognised vehicle advanced engineering specialist company, HORIBA MIRA with its Employer Recognitioin Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.

The award is given to employers that that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant, something which HORIBA MIRA signed earlier this year.

Alongside its civilian staff, HORIBA MIRA has a long history of also employing ex-services personnel and reservists, making use of the unique capabilities and skills that such people acquire through working in the armed forces. This is particularly the case in terms of expertise in technology areas that are yet to enter the civilian domain.

In keeping with their pledge to support the armed forces community, HORIBA MIRA has also implemented a ‘Reserve Forces Training and Mobilisation Policy’, which supports reservist employees throughout their training and deployment. The policy provides up to 10 days leave for the reservists’ annual camp, as well as flexible leave for staff impacted by a partner’s deployment.

Andy Marriott is a Research Technician for HORIBA MIRA. Having joined the company in 2013 shortly after leaving the Regular Army, Andy currently serves as a Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineer Army Reservist. He said: “Prior to working for MIRA, I served in the Army as a Vehicle Mechanical Engineer, servicing and maintaining armoured military vehicles.  My experience with heavy goods and armoured vehicles has been recognised by HORIBA MIRA and I am currently working on a number of military contracts for the company and for companies based within the MIRA Technology Park.”

Marriott continued to explain that the support he receives as a Reservist is second to none with the ability to take some time off from work for Force training and exercises.

In addition to employing ex-armed forces personnel, HORIBA MIRA also works closely with the defence industry through testing and engineering consultancy.  This includes supporting the MoD and its suppliers on programmes such as Panama and the HORIBA MIRA Modular Autonomous Control Equipment (MACE) route proving and clearing system. The technology allows intelligent UGVs to be operated in both tele-op and autonomous modes up to 2km away in the detection of Improvised Explosive Devices.

Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at HORIBA MIRA, said: “We are very honoured to have won this award in recognition of MIRA’s continued support for those who have served and are currently serving in the military.  Armed Forces veterans and reservists have a unique understanding of the challenges facing the transport sector and being able to harness this talent by supporting them as they move into civilian life is hugely beneficial for both parties.”

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