Jaguar Land Rover aims to encourage more women into the automotive industry
PUBLISHED: 15:38 09 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 09 October 2018
The Furthering Futures launch event attracted 80 talented female A-level and undergraduate students from across the UK
Jaguar Land Rover has launched a campaign to inspire more talented female STEM students to pursue careers in the automotive industry.
The campaign aims to smash outdated stereotypes by giving young women an accurate look at careers in the automotive sector with opportunities to meet pioneering women from around the business and hear their inspirational stories.
The Furthering Futures launch event attracted 80 talented female A-level and undergraduate students from across the UK.
Students participated in inspirational talks and career networking sessions with brilliant women from across the business and learned how to join its growing numbers of female degree apprentices, undergraduates and graduates.
Elizabeth Hill, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover, who was recently named in Autocar’s Top 100 2018 Great British Women in the Car Industry, said: “During my time at Jaguar Land Rover I have worked on developing some of the most innovative technology in the automotive sector.
“My most recent achievement was leading the development and launch of the new 2018 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, including Jaguar Land Rover’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. I oversaw the entire product development process, managing the cross-functional teams that delivered the vehicles. Furthering Futures will give talented young women insights into a world they may never have considered before.”
Women engineers from across the company are helping to inspire female students by supporting the campaign. Shannon Lynch, a degree apprentice, said: “I participated in the girls in engineering course in 2014. I originally had a different pathway in mind but then found the Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship which has been a brilliant experience. I’m studying for a fully-funded engineering degree, have learned practical skills such as machining, welding, electrical wiring and virtual engineering. I’ve worked on amazing projects in the Chassis department which has supported programmes such as the Jaguar F-PACE and I-PACE”.
As the automotive industry accelerates towards autonomous driving, connectivity and electrification, there’s a greater need to nurture and support future engineers who will design the vehicles and technologies of the future.
Jaguar Land Rover needs more talented IT specialists, software engineers and developers to lead on exciting projects such as automated driving, artificial intelligence and robotics to support engineering capabilities and ongoing technological innovation. The company has also launched a Furthering Futures degree apprenticeship application route for female A-level students for the first time.