Jaguar Land Rover inspires female engineers

Female students interested in technology careers are given an insight into work at top UK automotive manufacturer.

The Young Women in the Know course has been developed to encourage female students to consider engineering careers and we hope that some of the students will join Jaguar Land Rover as engineers in the future.

- Bob Joyce,
Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director
In partnership with Birmingham Metropolitan College, Jaguar Land Rover has developed the "Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers: Young Women in the Know".  The programme is designed to change outdated perceptions of engineering, and encourage more young women to consider engineering careers. 

Last week saw 28 female students, aged 16-18, take part in a programme of events at four Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing, design and engineering sites.  During the week they met women apprentices, engineers and managers and learned about their career paths, and experienced a day's work experience at a car production plant.  They also took part in job application and interview workshops.

"I started my career as an apprentice 25 years ago," said Daniella Bagnall, Project Planning and Integration Director at Jaguar Land Rover.  "I would thoroughly recommend a career in engineering to girls and hope this programme inspires lots more women to become engineers."

Young Women in the Know is part of Jaguar Land Rover's long-runing Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers programme, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and inspiring the next generation of engineers and technologists.  Last year more than 200,000 young people participated in the programme, and previous participants have gone on to apprenticeships, industrial placements and jobs at Jaguar Land Rover.