This weekend’s Autosport International show, the largest dedicated motorsport show in Europe, will host a focused Careers in Motorsport area showcasing the diversity of careers and opportunities available to the next generation of motorsport professionals.
Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from January 9-12, the 2013 edition of the show was visited by 28,000 industry professionals and more than 600 leading manufacturers and suppliers from all corners of the motorsport spectrum.
Motorsport is a significant industry in the UK economy, and the centrally located ‘Motorsport Valley’ hosts over 3,500 companies and 40,000 jobs, including 25,000 engineers. Autosport International will provide budding engineers the opportunity to network with prospective employers and discuss the latest technology.
Over all four days of the Birmingham show, a dedicated Careers in Motorsport area will see displays from a number of universities, colleges and specialist training providers, all of which will be able to offer a route into the industry.
Alumni from the University of Bolton will be on hand to discuss a number of its success stories, including Keating Supercars. The University will also discuss its new Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) and partnership with Team RLR Msport, the first centre of its kind in the country to have a fully functioning in-house race team on a university campus.
“We’re very excited to be taking CAPE to an exhibition that brings the world of motorsport together, fans and professionals alike love Autosport International,” commented Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, Professor George Holmes.
Also, on the show’s two dedicated trade days – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 January – the world’s largest student motorsport event, Formula Student, will be on display courtesy of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to discuss the proven training ground of future world-class engineers.
School-age attendees will also be able to find out about motorsport in education in the new Festival Zone, with GreenPower, F1 in Schools and Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenges all available to talk about their initiatives and give young people a taste of what it takes to become an engineer.
“Motorsport offers an array of opportunities for those looking to progress a career in anything from driving to engineering as well as marketing and design,” said Autosport International Show Director, Ian France. “This event offers attendees the chance to network under one roof to further investigate the possibilities with the motorsport and high performance technology industry.”
Incidentally, MotorsTV will be holding a competition throughout the weekend for budding TV presenters and commentators. Two winners will become the channel’s next voice and face of the British GT Championship in 2014.