The UK automotive industry is on the search for the sector’s future leaders as the Great British Women in the Car Industry awards returns for a second year.
As part of ongoing efforts to encourage more young people to join one of the UK’s most exciting and vital sectors, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has once again partnered with motoring brand Autocar to identify its top 100 rising female stars.
The initiative raises the profile of the many and varied opportunities available in this cutting-edge sector. A shortage of skilled workers is one of the most significant barriers to continuing the record growth in UK Automotive, with thousands of jobs currently vacant and women under-represented in the workforce, filling just one in four manufacturing jobs.
Nominations for the Awards are now open, with categories including vehicle development, manufacturing, purchasing, retail, marketing, communications, apprentices, motorsport, design and executive. A winner will be selected for each, with an overall winner then being selected from that shortlist.
Candidates must be nominated by friends, colleagues or their employer, and the shortlisted winners will be chosen by a judging panel, including Jim Holder, Steve Cropley and Rachel Burgess from Autocar’s editorial team, alongside SMMT’s Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, and Director of Communications and International, Tamzen Isacsson.
Winners will be chosen based on their influence – and potential future influence – on the industry and within their company, taking into account the size and strength of the business they represent. Dedication to a career in the automotive industry will also be favoured, as well as potential to inspire others to join the sector. The initiative is also backed by Direct Line Group, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.
Nominations should be made to Jim Holder, Autocar’s editorial director, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 April 2017 and the winners will be announced at the Great British Women in the Car Industry event at Twickenham Stadium on 21 June 2017.