Now with five categories: mobility, connectivity, sustainability, customer experience or marketing and communication - to recognise a broader range of young talent
15 March 2016

Applications are now open for the Autocar and Courland Automotive 2016 Next Generation Award programme, which is open to all UK residents aged 17-25.

Launched in 2009, the Award has been designed as a career springboard for young people aspiring to work in the automotive industry.

Young people are invited to submit an original idea that would improve the UK automotive sector, across five categories: mobility, connectivity, sustainability, customer experience or marketing and communication.

The winner will receive a £9000 cash prize, industry acclaim and six months of hands-on work experience shared between sponsors McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and, Jaguar Land Rover.

Autocar editor-in-chief and head judge, Steve Cropley, said: “Now in its eighth year, the Award is an established fast-track for talented young adults wishing to kick-start dream careers in the automotive industry”. 2012’s winner Roberto Antonio Pace is now working as an engineer at McLaren Automotive.

Applications can now be submitted for the 2016 Award; the closing date for entries is 30 August at 17:00. Six finalists will then be invited to present their ideas to the judge’s panel in November, with the winner being announced at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) annual dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 29 November.

Read about the 2015 award winner here

Danni Bagnall

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