The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) acts as the voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media at home and abroad. We are delighted to support this new initiative by Autocar. 814,000 people are now employed in the automotive industry in Britain and with record exports and productivity it is an exciting time to join the industry. There are at least 5,000 skilled vacancies in automotive manufacturing, underlining a critical need to attract more talent. We hope this event will help inspire young women considering their career prospects.

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Direct Line Group is Britain’s leading personal lines motor and home insurer. It operates a multi-brand, multi-product and multi-distribution channel business that covers the majority of customer segments in the UK for personal lines general insurance and small and medium-sized enterprise commercial insurance. Its brands, Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG, offer the following products: motor, home, rescue, pet, travel and commercial. Direct Line Group is a firm supporter of diversity and inclusion within the industry and is therefore particularly proud to recognise and celebrate the successes of women within the automotive industry.

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Only 14 per cent of engineering graduates and three per cent of engineering apprentices in the UK are women. Attracting, recruiting and retaining women is one of Ford’s key diversity objectives as we know that, right across our business, diverse teams make more informed decisions, are more successful at managing change, and are better able to reflect the needs and aspirations of our customers. It is important that we have not only the polices and process that support women through significant stages of their lives, but that we are also highlight the many talented women who are already part of our organisation, and make Ford Motor Company Limited a great place to work. By raising the profile of female role models we hope to inspire the next generation of women to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

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Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, was voted the best employer in Britain in a Bloomberg survey of workers in the country’s 400 biggest companies. Recruiting more women is a priority: it’s essential that we attract the best talent to develop the products and technologies that excite and delight our customers. Our own Orla Murphy was the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2015 and we work with the Institute to promote engineering careers and inspire girls. Since 2013 we have promoted engineering to more than 900,000 young people. Our Jaguar Land Rover Learning Academy provides opportunities for our employees to develop their skills from recruitment through to retirement.

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Julia Muir founded Gaia Innovation to address the critical skills shortage in UK automotive retailing, by building bridges between automotive employers and education. Gaia Innovation are contracted by automotive employers to implement effective Reach Out Campaigns to attract talented people into the automotive industry, with a particular focus on appealing to young women. The Gaia Innovation team inform young people, parents and teachers about the skills and talents we will need for the future, specifically Intelligent Mobility. The Gaia Innovation philosophy is to Inspire - through thought provoking speeches, Inform - through career speed networking events, Improve - the young person’s employability skills through training and coaching, and Investigate - the young person’s true talents through work experience and internships. Julia Muir is also the founder of the UK Automotive 30% club, a group of progressive CEOs and MDs from the manufacturers, retailers and supplier organisations, who are working towards the aspirational aim of filling 30% of key leadership positions in their organisations with women by 2030 in a “30 by 30” strategy. "

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KPMG is a global network of professional firms operating in 155 countries and with 22 offices here in the UK. We have the global expertise and deep automotive industry knowledge to help you succeed in a challenging and changing world. We can help to increase your potential for growth, from accessing new markets, developing new products, making your operations more efficient or finding new capital. KPMG is recognised for its diversity and inclusion and has been awarded Gold Status by the annual Business in the Community Gender and Race Benchmark and has been ranked in the top ten employers for working families for the third year running by Working Families.

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