Sponsors 2020

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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Bentley Motors is the world's most sought after luxury car brand. Headquartered in Crewe, Cheshire, our cars are designed, engineered and hand-crafted by our 4,000 dedicated colleagues.

Recognised as a Top Employer for nine years in a row, we offer a wide range of careers from automotive design, engineering and manufacturing; through to information systems, technology and digitalisation.  We need an innovative, empowered and balanced workforce to deliver our vision for our next one hundred years and are committed to recruiting and developing a diverse range of colleagues across to achieve this.

Helping to develop and attract more female colleagues plays a key part in this and is now an established element of our sustainability programme,  We are working towards the Automotive 30% Club’s 30% by 2030 targets and are committed to ensuring that women at all levels of their careers have access to learning, development and support to help them grow.  Bentley also works closely with local schools and our UTC partner, to promote careers in engineering, manufacturing and across our commercial areas to young women who may not have considered a career in automotive.

The IMI story

At the IMI, we believe passionately that the automotive industry is a driver of innovation, employment and economic growth. We believe the people working in the industry need the most relevant, up-to-date skills and qualifications in order to progress – especially during times of intense change.

IMI’s purpose is to provide, and continuously evolve, the means by which people working in the automotive sector can attain relevant professional competence and appropriate recognition.

Our founding

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) was founded in 1920 when society – as now – was experiencing rapid technology-driven change. The IMI was created to establish new skills and knowledge benchmarks for the emerging automotive industry.

IMI Membership

Tap into a community of automotive professionals and knowledge sharing opportunities with a FREE 3- month IMI membership designed to offer support, guidance and advice at a time when it’s needed most. 

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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.

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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.

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