Insight into Automotive and Engineering at Loughborough University

On the 11th of November 2016 Gaia Innovation Ltd organised and managed an inspirational and informative event at Loughborough University focusing on careers in Automotive and Engineering.  This event was  supported by the UK Automotive 30% Club and the Centre of Automotive Management and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

80 school girls from secondary schools in Derbyshire, South Yorkshire and Leicestershire were invited to the event.  The day was opened by the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough with an inspirational speech on “Aiming High at School.”  Nicky was particular interested in this event due to her previous role in government as the Minister for Women and Equalities and her participation further highlights her commitment to the schools in her constituency, many of whom attended on the day.

The girls then visited Loughborough’s engineering faculty and participated in a series of fun and informative activities; including chocolate 3D printing, building their own buggy racer, experimenting with solar-powered cars and a visit to the anechoic chamber.

After lunch the girls then participated in a Speed Career Networking Event with leading figures in the Automotive industry, from both the manufacturing side and retailing.  The aim of this event was to inspire the girls and give them the confidence to develop the skills necessary to enter careers they may not be aware of in the automotive industry.  Senior automotive executives who participated in this activity came from Toyota, Kia, Volkswagen, Renault, TrustFord, Jardine Motor Group, Vertu, to name a few.

In addition, students studying at Loughborough University were also given the opportunity to meet with automotive manufacturers and retailers who are currently looking to recruit graduates.

“I throughly enjoyed all the activities we did.  I also learnt a lot from the careers speed networking, I thought it was really interesting’ – Shreyanshi Patel, Year 10 student at Fullhurst Community College, Leicester