Jaguar Land Rover has recently launched a new campaign that seeks to encourage talented female Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) students to pursue careers within innovative and creative environments, thereby smashing the outdated stereotypes that such roles within the automotive industry are reserved for males.
The initiative - known as Furthering Futures - has so far seen 80 A-level and undergraduate students from various parts of the UK enjoy a selection of inspiring talks and network events with leading female members within the industry. Among those that have taken part in the event has been Chief Product Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Elizabeth Hill.
Recently named among Autocar’s Top 100 2018 Great British Women in the Car Industry, Elizabeth plays an integral role in the success of the brand, developing and launching new and innovative models such as the recent 2018 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Speaking of the campaign, Elizabeth said: “Furthering Futures will give talented young women insights into a world they may never have considered before.”
Shannon Lynch, a degree apprentice, spoke of her own experience of joining the campaign: “I participated in the ‘girls in engineering’ course in 2014. I made some really good friends and realised that this was the right company for me. I originally had a different pathway in mind but then found the Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship, which has been a brilliant experience. I saw how this company supported its female workforce and I love working here.
“I'm studying for a fully-funded engineering degree, have learned practical skills such as machining, welding, electrical wiring and virtual engineering from my supportive team. I’ve worked on amazing projects in the Chassis department which has supported programmes such as the Jaguar F-PACE and I-PACE.”
The campaign will see Jaguar Land Rover launch a Furthering Futures degree application route for A-level students for the very first time this September. To learn more about the scheme and those involved, head over to www.jaguarlandrovercareers.com. Students with an interest in joining can even register here.