The Motor Industry needs you

28 October 2002 #SMMT News

Youngsters considering their career options are being encouraged

to pick up a copy of a handy new guide at this year’s British International

Motor Show in Birmingham. Careers in the Motor Industry was today launched by

Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt MP, who visited the Show on the

first-ever Careers Day.

The guide reflects the huge range of opportunities in an industry

which employs more than three quarters of a million people in vehicle design,

manufacture and support. Featuring case studies, further education courses and

on-site training, Careers in the Motor Industry offers help to those who are

already on the road to a motor industry career, and a taster to those who are

thinking about it for the first time.

Careers Day at this year’s Motor Show has been organised in

conjunction with the Campaign to Promote Engineering (CPE), which is part of

the Engineering Your Future stand in Hall 4 at the NEC. Starting here, visitors

from school age to graduate will embark on a ‘careers trail’ around the show,

visiting graduates and apprentices on participating stands to listen to their

experiences and expert advice.

More than 7,000 young people are expected to take part in the

careers trail. Those who complete it can enter a draw to win prizes like tickets

to the Rally of Great Britain.

Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor

Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the Motor Show organisers, commented, ‘Young

people are the lifeblood of any forward thinking industry. The talented youngsters

of today will be helping create the cars we see at the Motor Shows of tomorrow

and it is our aim to make sure that they receive as much help and guidance as


Notes to editors:

  1. More than three quarters of a million people work in the

    Motor industry, including the 237,000 who work directly in the manufacture

    of vehicles, components and trailers.
  2. Toyota, Vauxhall, Alfa Romeo, Smart, Bentley, Peugeot, The

    Daily Telegraph, Jaguar, Ford, Volvo, Auto Expres, Volkswagen, MG Rover Group,

    Honda and Fiat are all participating in the Careers Trail.
  3. The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place at

    the NEC in Birmingham from 23 October to 3 November. Careers Day takes place

    on 28 October.

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