Are you a young person aged 17-25, hankering after a challenging career in the car business? Would you like to receive the very best help Autocar can possibly give you?

Answer yes to both, and I’d say you were an ideal candidate to enter the latest Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award, the competition we dreamed up a few years ago with our people-search partners, Courland International, to attract young talent into what is arguably the UK’s most vibrant, go-ahead industry.

The rewards are mighty. The winner gets a cash prize of £9000 plus a month’s work experience with each of the award’s six motoring sponsors: Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.

Each of six finalists makes invaluable motor industry contacts, gets career help from Courland and can cite their status as a NextGen finalist on a CV, an increasingly important achievement.

Our hope, as the competition’s organisers, is that as the winner travels around the industry on work experience, he or she will fit so well into the workforce at one or more of the sponsoring companies (all of which greatly value top young talent) that the visit will lead to a permanent position. It has happened repeatedly since the competition began in 2009.