Sponsors 2018

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is the voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media at home and abroad. UK Automotive is a global centre of excellence for innovation and engineering, and the shift to electrification, digitalisation, connectivity and autonomy means there has never been a more exciting time to join the industry. We need talent from across all background and genders to fill the widening range of roles, and we hope this event will help inspire more women to join our industry, helping to shape the future mobility of the UK.  

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With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the BMW Group is the world's leading provider of premium products and services for individual mobility. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. The UK has an important role to play within the BMW Group. It is the only place in the world where all three of BMW Group’s brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars – are represented by manufacturing operations. BMW Group employs around 8,000 people directly in the UK with an additional 14,000 in its 147-strong Retailer network representing BMW and MINI brands. The company has invested nearly £2 billion in its UK operations since 2000, and the UK is BMW Group’s fourth largest sales market in the world.

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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. We employ more than 43,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our retail network, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia.  

Recruiting more women is a priority. At Jaguar Land Rover, we are focused on diversity in the workplace and the success of engineering and manufacturing in the UK. We want to encourage girls and young women to make an informed decision about a career in engineering and in 2017 15% of Jaguar Land Rover's UK undergraduates studying engineering were women. Our Jaguar Land Rover Learning Academy provides opportunities for our employees to develop their skills from recruitment through to retirement. We invest in specific programmes to inspire and support young female engineers. The company is seeing more diversity in its management: since 2011, female managers have more than trebled to 17%, including a female board member. Jaguar Land Rover is committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing.


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Globally, Nissan employs over 247,500 staff with 8,000 of those from across sites in the UK, from the design studio in London to the manufacturing plant in Sunderland. Nissan is committed to diversity at the core of its leadership strategy. Our mission is to continue to remove the barriers to women’s advancement in the workplace and, support more female leaders through the industry. We are seeing a positive shift. The percentage of female promotions, graduates and high potentials is on the rise. Further progress is being made at Nissan across the UK in promoting a more diverse industry and employee team - from award-winning school initiatives such as the Girls in Monozukuri, Manufacturing and Engineering programme to leadership and career coaching and, participation in the Women in Science and Engineering programme.

Toyota (GB) PLC is the Sales and Marketing Company for Toyota and Lexus products in the UK and has more than 300 employees. Toyota’s company mission is to increase the representation of women within the business by attracting more female recruits, providing training and career development opportunities and nurturing and retaining women in the business.

Over the past two years, female recruits have made up 64% of all external appointments to Toyota (GB) PLC. As a result, over the last three years the overall proportion of females employed by the company has increased from just over 30% to 36%.

To encourage female staff to develop their careers at Toyota, the company has introduced improved flexible working policies across the organisation, as well as enhanced maternity policies.

Toyota is committed to bringing more women into senior management roles and has been a member of the Automotive 30% Club since 2016, pledging for women to take up 30 per cent of key leadership positions in the business by 2030 and 25 per cent of senior executive roles within the next five years. Company-wide, Toyota has increased the levels of staff engagement over the past five years to achieve ‘Extraordinary’ levels of engagement and to achieve 19th position in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018.

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