University joins top names in motorsport to drive interest in engineering

Last Updated: Friday, 04 January 2013

Birmingham City University is responding to an urgent call for more engineers to drive forward the British economy – by hosting a Masterclass for new students who are considering a career in high performance automotive engineering.

Representatives from well-known motorsports teams such as Caterham F1 and Arden Motorsports will be teaming up with Westfield Sportscars, Peter Stevens (designer of the McLaren F1 road car) and Birmingham City University next week to offer college students the opportunity to learn more about automotive engineering and the high performance motorsports industries.

The Masterclass is to be held at the Thinktank in Millennium Point adjacent to Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment on Wednesday 9 January.

Demand for more engineers

The event follows a report recently published by EngineeringUK which highlights the need for the UK to double the current number of annual recruits into engineering by 2020 to meet expected demand.

Professor Adrian Cole from the University’s Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment, said: “The sooner we can engage with the younger generation and let them know about the excitement and challenges of a career in automotive engineering, the more likely we are to address the shortfall identified by EngineeringUK.”

EngineeringUK Chief Executive Paul Jackson said: “It’s crucial that government, business, professional bodies, education and the wider engineering community continue to work together to ensure that the UK has the talent pipeline ready to meet demand.”

For more information on the Birmingham City University Masterclass, contact Adrian Cole.

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