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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The automotive industry is in period of massive disruption. Car manufacturers and dealers are thinking differently about what products and services they provide to meeting changing consumer expectations and requirements. Technology platforms will enable these changes in our industry. It is a very exciting time with huge opportunities, but to ensure we are well positioned to continue to innovate and grow, we need to continue to attract the best talent.
We are proud to be a part of celebrating the best women in the industry and the rising stars who are going to build a bright future.
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
Toyota (GB) PLC is the Sales and Marketing Company for Toyota and Lexus products in the UK and has just under 300 employees. Toyota’s aim is to increase the representation of women within the business by attracting more female recruits and providing training and career development opportunities to enable women to fulfil their potential.
Over the past 12 months years, women have made up 54% of all external appointments to Toyota (GB) PLC with the overall proportion of females employed by the company over the last four years increasing from just over 30% to 37%.
To encourage flexible options for all, the company has introduced improved flexible working policies across the organisation, encouraging managers to have conversations about flexible choices that are right for both the individual and the team. Enhanced maternity policies have also been introduced.
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 22nd position in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For 2019.
Peugeot Motor Company is part of Groupe PSA's presence in the UK, focusing on the sales and marketing of the Peugeot brand through a 180 Dealership strong network.
Promoting gender equality in a predominantly male sector is a central component of Groupe PSA’s social policy. The Group aims to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment for all employees by ensuring gender neutral career development based on expertise and results, as well as seeking to give more women access to top management positions.
We have a number of initiatives which support women in the industry, including our global Women Engaged for PSA programme which brings together colleagues from around the world in a 'think tank' format to tackle projects around the business. Peugeot, as part of Groupe PSA, has been a member of Women's Empowerment Principles of the United Nations since 2016, reflecting the Company’s commitment to gender diversity and professional equality.
Our UK Talent programme is also geared towards gender neutrality within our business. There is a focus on talent retention through family-friendly HR policies and personal development programmes designed to be flexible and supportive of each employees personal circumstances.
Volkswagen Group UK
Volkswagen Group UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Europe’s largest carmaker and one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. From its UK headquarters in Milton Keynes, it controls the sourcing, marketing and distribution of vehicles and parts for Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA. The Group directly employs around 900 people in the UK, and has around 650 dealerships. Volkswagen Group sells over half a million vehicles each year – that’s around 1 in 5 vehicles sold in the UK.