RISING JAGUAR LAND ROVER STAR AMY WINS AUTOCAR’S GREAT BRITISH WOMEN AWARD

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  • Dr Amy Rimmer, Jaguar Land Rover engineer, wins Autocar’s Rising Star Award
  • 21 inspirational women from Jaguar Land Rover were among the top 100 British women selected by the Autocar panel
  • Autocar’s awards ceremony recognises extraordinary women in the car industry
  • Jaguar Land Rover is focused on diversity in the workplace and encourages women to choose automotive careers

21st June, Whitley: Jaguar Land Rover engineer Dr Amy Rimmer has won Autocar magazine’s Rising Star award for British women in the car industry. A panel of judges recognised 29-year-old Amy’s significant work as an autonomous vehicle research engineer and her passion and commitment to the car industry. In addition Amy also won the Vehicle Development category award.

Amy said: “I am thrilled to have been named Autocar’s Rising Star. To be recognised for my work in future autonomous cars is really exciting. Encouraging young people to consider automotive careers is so important to the future of our industry.”

Jaguar Land Rover employees took 21 of the 100 places in Autocar’s list of British women in the car industry. Among them was 21-year-old Chloe Crutchlow, who won the Apprentice category for her work on the emissions measurement technologies.

The Autocar Rising Star awards identify and celebrate the British car industry’s most promising future female talent, highlighting the range of career opportunities available. The awards celebrate roles from retail to manufacturing, from vehicle development to communications. Amy Rimmer was chosen as the overall winner from the shortlist of category winners.

Amy’s passion for numbers led her to study mechanical engineering at Cambridge University, with placements at the McLaren F1 team. She then completed a graduate scheme at Rolls Royce plc, before studying for a PhD, working on autonomously reversing trucks with trailers. Amy joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2015 and now works as a research engineer on ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and autonomous systems and is developing vehicles which can navigate urban environments autonomously.

Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Executive Director of Product Engineering, said “Our growth in recent years has been phenomenal, with the number of engineers rising to over 10,000. Our focus is on creating pioneering products for our customers and, because we have embraced a very diverse range of global talent into the team, we have been able to develop our engineering skills to help us deliver this. We all know that there is a shortfall of female engineers within the automotive industry but initiatives such as Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Young Women in the Know’ and our ‘Women in Engineering’ undergraduate scheme have helped to increase our female engineering workforce from nine per cent to 11 per cent. Our aim is to keep encouraging women to pursue careers in engineering and continue to attract more women into our business.”

Jaguar Land Rover provides a range of initiatives to support and nurture future female talent. Currently 15.5 per cent of Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering apprentices are female, compared with a national average of four per cent. The Young Women in the Know programme supports young women by challenging perceptions that the automotive industry is unsuitable for women. Jaguar Land Rover has a wide range of other educational initiatives which aim to excite young people about engineering and encourage them to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects at GCSE-level and beyond.

 

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Notes to editors:

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, was voted the best employer in Britain in a Bloomberg survey of workers in the country’s 400 biggest companies. We employ more than 40,000 people globally and support around 240,000 more through our dealerships, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, India and Slovakia.

Recruiting more women is a priority. At Jaguar Land Rover, we are focused on diversity in the workplace and the success of engineering and manufacturing in the UK and want to encourage girls and young women to make an informed decision about a career in engineering. The UK is facing a shortfall of 300,000 skilled engineers by 2020. Jaguar Land Rover must attract the next generation of engineers and technologists to help our business achieve ambitious plans for global growth.

Since 2013 we have promoted engineering to more than 900,000 young people. Our Jaguar Land Rover Learning Academy provides opportunities for our employees to develop their skills from recruitment through to retirement. We invest in specific programmes to inspire and support young female engineers. In December 2016, the business launched its first national Young Women in the Know programme; opening its doors to female students to give them a deep insight into engineering and manufacturing careers.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing.

 

For further information log onto www.media.landrover.co.uk or contact:

Tracey Tompsett
Senior Press Officer, Land Rover UK
M: 07469 032 064
E: ttompset@landrover.com

Gemma Lusty   
Press Officer – Jaguar Land Rover UK
M 07823 374 321
E: glusty@jaguarlandrover.com

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