UK needs more female automotive engineers

24th May 2016

UK needs more female automotive engineers (image credit: iStock/Highwaystarz-Photography)

A new initiative has been launched by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in partnership with Autocar to attract more female entrants to the UK automotive sector.

An ongoing shortage in essential skills is seen across the industry and even more so, there is a dearth of new female entrants into the profession, despite the automotive sector offering a wide range of fulfilling and varied careers.

The number of men working in the automotive industry continues to outnumber women by three to one and it is a situation the partners hope to address through their new campaign.

Aiming to identify the 100 most influential women within the UK automotive industry, the initiatives hopes to inspire more young women to pursue a career in this rewarding profession in the years to come.

It will see names drawn from across the industry in the weeks ahead and winners in a range of categories will be announced at the inaugural Great British Women in the Car Industry event on July 8th.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: "The automotive sector supports around 800,000 jobs in Britain and, with record exports and productivity levels, it is an exciting industry to join.

"There are, right now, at least 5,000 skilled vacancies in automotive manufacturing, underlining a critical need to attract more talent. That's why we're delighted to support this new initiative by Autocar, to help inspire young women considering their career prospects."