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.
As the world’s largest automotive supplier, Bosch has a cross-industry and global perspective when it comes to future trends and technology developments.
From e-bikes to trucks, Bosch has a broad electromobility portfolio – e-mobility is fast becoming one of Bosch’s core businesses and has already invested 5 billion euros in electrical powertrains. This year, Bosch will spend 700 million euros on developing electrical mobility solutions.
Bosch takes a technology-neutral approach to decarbonising road transport and is heavily involved in hydrogen fuel cell development. The technology-neutral approach also considers solutions relating to decarbonising the “legacy” fleet, which will still be millions of vehicles on the road by 2030. Bosch is also developing solutions for decarbonised transport such as modal shift and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.
Globally, Nissan employs over 150,000 staff with 7,000 of those from across sites in the UK, from the design studio in London to the manufacturing plant in Sunderland. Nissan believes that diversity makes us stronger, leading to creative solutions and innovative ways of thinking, which in turn leads to a better customer experience.
Nissan offers a broad range of careers in the UK, from sales and marketing to design or engineering – there really is something for everyone. To encourage more women to pursue the varied opportunities within the automotive industry, Nissan has for a number of years worked on initiatives to engage school-age children. For example, The Nissan Skills Foundation – a scheme to get young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) – has reached more than 60,000 children from primary and secondary schools. It includes a programme specifically for teenage girls called GIMME – Girls in Monozukuri, Manufacturing and Engineering – which offers presentation and engagement opportunities with women in the automotive industry.
Nissan continues to see rising numbers of female applicants to the graduate scheme, and through continued focus on diversity and inclusion aims to increase the number of women in senior positions within the company.