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There are just over two days left to get your entries in for the Autocar-Courland Next Gen Award

There are just over two days left to enter the Autocar-Courland 2010 Next Generation Award, designed to identify and inspire the automotive industry leaders of tomorrow and assist them with their careers.

The Next Generation Award, open to all undergraduate students at British universities and run in conjunction with Courland Automotive Practice and the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, offers a cash prize of £7500 and an extensive programme of work experience provided by the award’s blue-chip sponsors: Honda UK, the Marshall Motor Group, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz Retail and Toyota GB.

Visit the Next Generation Award micro-site for full details, terms and conditions and information on how to enter

Five runners-up will receive comprehensive career advice and guidance, networking opportunities and further assistance with work experience. For 2010, the Award’s terms of reference have been extended to encourage students from a wider range of disciplines to enter.

“We were delighted with the quality of the entrants last year and we’re expecting even more this year,” says Steve Cropley, Autocar editor-in-chief. “The automotive business – especially in Britain – is a fantastic place to launch a career. It needs huge quantities of the very qualities young people have to offer: energy and fresh thinking.”

Entrants are invited to produce a 1000-word article, reflecting on industry trends and improvements within their area of study. All entries will be assessed and considered by an Autocar-Courland judging panel, then a shortlist of six entrants will be invited to a day-long, Dragon’s Den-style judging day.

Three finalists will be invited to the SMMT Annual Dinner on 23 November, where the winner’s identity will be revealed in the presence of 1000 industry leaders.

The brief

“As world demand for cars continues to climb steeply, the industry faces unprecedented challenges — from encroaching legislation, traffic congestion, declining oil reserves, indecision over which technological avenue to follow, economic uncertainty and rising public misunderstanding of its objectives.

Write an article which (1) lays out and justifies your forecast of major car industry trends over the next 10 years, and (2) uses your specific study area to propose one or more original actions you believe would improve the situation.”

Entries should be no more than 1000 words long and written in English. They should also include images or illustrations, if relevant.

How to enter

Entries should be submitted online no later than 8th October 2010. Visit the Next Generation Award micro-site for full details, terms and conditions and information on how to enter.

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Please read terms and conditions carefully, entrants must have a visa that will allow them to work in the UK during 2011.

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