JLR aims to inspire female engineers of the future

19 February 2013 #SMMT News

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is offering female students a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse of careers in automotive engineering and manufacturing.

The ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers: Young Women in the Know’ course has been developed in partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College to change outdated perceptions of engineering and to encourage young women to consider careers in industry.

The 28 female students, aged 16-18, will participate in a week-long programme of events at JLR’s manufacturing, design and engineering sites in Gaydon, Whitley, Solihull and Castle Bromwich. They will meet female apprentices, graduates, engineers and managers to find out about their education and career histories and will spend a day on work experience at the Solihull plant. They will also find out about the company’s apprentice and graduate schemes and participate in workshops on job applications, assessment centres and interview techniques.

Bob Joyce, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, said, “Jaguar Land Rover has ambitious plans for growth and it is engineering talent that will develop the products and technologies that appeal to customers in the future. We believe that the success of our global business – and the UK economy – lies in engineering and innovation.

“We offer a wide range of education programmes with the aim of getting young people excited about engineering and crucially, to encourage them to make the right subject choices at GCSE-level and beyond. The ‘Young Women In The Know’ course has been developed to encourage female students to consider engineering careers and we hope some of the students on the course today will join Jaguar Land Rover as engineers in the future.”

Danella Bagnall, Project Planning and Integration Director at Jaguar Land Rover added, “I started my career as an apprentice 25 years ago which was a great way of continuing education, developing skills, and getting into industry. I am now a senior engineering manager which demonstrates the excellent career progression opportunities available to women in a modern engineering-led business like Jaguar Land Rover.”

The ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers: Young Women in the Know’ course is part of the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers’ education programme which JLR runs across the UK to promote STEM subjects and engineering careers.

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