Seize the Careers Day at this year”s Motor Show

08 August 2002 #SMMT News

This year’s British International Motor Show, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, has teamed up with the Campaign to Promote Engineering (CPE) to bring young people the opportunity to kick start their career in the motor industry.

The first Motor Show Careers Day, to be held on 28 October, is expected to introduce more than 7,000 young people between school age and graduate level to the wide variety of career opportunities in the motor industry.

Starting from the CPE’s interactive stand in Hall 4, young visitors will be invited to take part in a Motor Show Careers Trail. Entrants will be given a route map and a ‘Careers Day passport’ to guide them through each of the Show’s Halls via participating stands. Stands will have apprentices and graduates on hand to discuss their experiences working in the automotive sector.

Participants will receive a stamp in their passport at each stand on the route. When they have completed the trail, their passport will be entered into a prize draw to win great prizes, including tickets to the British Rally. Each entrant will also leave with a Motor Show goodie bag.

Copies of the new SMMT careers guide, to be launched by Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of Trade and Industry, will be available for youngsters to collect along with recruitment brochures and information sheets for them to take away and browse at their leisure.

The Young Motoring Writer Award 2002, in association with The Daily Telegraph and Lex Vehicle Leasing will also be launched at Careers Day. The award invites aspiring young writers aged between 17 and 25 to submit an article of 1000 words based on Congestion. The winning article will be published in The Daily Telegraph and on

Commenting on the Motor Show Careers Day, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘It is important that we raise awareness of the enormous range of opportunities available to young people in the automotive sector. The continued success of the industry depends on recruiting high calibre, well motivated people and we hope that careers day will go some way to showing the wealth of exciting careers in areas like product design, retail and research and development.’

Notes to editors:

  1. The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the Daily Telegraph preview day on 24 October, tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. All discounts are available until midnight on Sunday 13 October, when tickets revert to normal on-the-door prices.
  2. For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the Motor Show box office ticket line on 0870 906 2002. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend.
  3. During the Show, doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5pm on the final day.

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