Jaguar Land Rover has launched ‘Young Women in the Know’ to change outdated perceptions of engineering and encourage more young women to consider engineering and manufacturing careers.
During the week-long programme, students visit Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing, design and engineering sites, meet female apprentices, graduates and managers and participate in work placements. They also learn about Jaguar Land Rover’s apprentice and graduate schemes and participate in workshops on job applications and interview techniques to improve their employability skills. The young women also gain a Level 1 qualification in Employability and Personal Development.
Annabelle Ng, aged 16, said, “Before I took part in the course, I thought engineering was all about men in overalls, physical labour, dirty work and male-dominated. This course has definitely has changed my views as the plants are so clean and there are women everywhere.”
Chelsea Burke, aged 15, said "The visit has given me a real insight and I now want to go into engineering via Jaguar Land Rover's apprenticeship scheme. I really enjoyed the work experience placement and Whitley visit."
- 200 young women will participate in ‘Young Women in the Know’ activities by the end of 2013
- Participation in the course increased interest in engineering and design careers at Jaguar Land Rover by 35%
- Two thirds of participants said they were considering applying to the apprentice scheme compared to less than half at the start.
Young Women in the Know courses now run every February and Summer in our Midlands and Liverpool Education Business Partnership Centres. For more information or to register, click on the adjacent weblink.