The new research reveals that only 3.5 per cent of female university students would definitely consider a career in the automotive industry – although 35 per cent say that they may do so. But 61.5 per cent of female university students say they will not be considering the automotive industry as a future career option at all.
The figures are very different for male students of which 61 per cent say they are very interested in the motor industry and 39 per cent say they would definitely not consider a career in the sector.
“It is disappointing to learn that so few female students are considering a career in the motor industry,” said Autocar editor Chas Hallett.
“As we launch the 2011 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award we really do want to encourage female university students to put pen to paper and enter. It’s such a great opportunity.”
The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is a national competition to identify, support and develop top automotive talent of the future. Entrants from UK universities are invited to answer a brief set by Autocar’s Editor-in-chief, Steve Cropley.
“There are numerous career opportunities for ambitious graduates from design through to showroom and that includes the obvious engineering-led roles but also specialist marketing, public relations, sustainability, accounting, policy, human resources as well as customer-facing opportunities,” added Mr Hallett.