START your driving career with a job in the automotive industry.
New registrations rose for the third straight month in October as consumers demand hybrid and electric models.
But the shift from traditional engines means a skills shortage as manufacturers look to recruit talent. Here are some roles.
McLAREN – 100 JOBS: The super car brand – maker of the P1 HDK, right – has vacancies in Woking in Surrey, Rotherham and Sheffield in finance, PR, purchasing, engineering, design and production.
Jim March, Chief People Officer at McLaren Automotive, said: “We are an iconic brand that relies on a diverse and dynamic team. Careers are mentored so you learn from leading experts.”
JAGUAR LAND ROVER – 800 JOBS: We are looking for specialists in autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, electrification and data science, flexible working hours are possible.
The training also starts in January. Dave Nesbitt, Digital Product Platform Director at JLR, said: “We are developing some of the most digitally advanced vehicles.”
HALFORDS – 1,000 JOBS: There are vacancies for automotive technicians.
The company hopes to attract more women to its positions, while seeking ‘later life’ trainees over the age of 50.
Visit halfordscareers.com for more information.
CONTECHS – 175 JOBS: This vehicle design and engineering specialist is involved in next-generation EE architecture and EV platforms.
Pete Jarvis, Managing Director of Contechs, based in Essex and the Midlands, said: “Fostering all the key skills is vital if the UK is to differentiate itself in the EV market.”
ELLA Podmore MBE paves the way for women in the automotive industry.
Ella, 27, is a Senior Materials Engineer at supercar company McLaren Automotive and was named the 2020 Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Research by children’s charity Plan International shows that one in four secondary school girls is interested in a career based on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – but worries about a lack of female role models.
Ella, from Brentford, West London, is passionate about encouraging more women to follow their passion.
She said: “I love being an engineer because it’s a job where you can really make a difference.
“The automotive industry is incredibly exciting and with the electrification revolution that is happening right now, new technologies are emerging that will change automotive products forever.