How Autosport International is helping accelerate the careers of students
The engineering sector plays a key role in the UK’s economy,accounting for 18% of UK employment1, and the demand for engineers is higher than ever. In motorsport, this translates to seven of the ten Formula 1 teams contesting this year’s Formula 1 World Championship being based in the UK, with dozens of national and international championships calling the UK their home.
At Autosport International 2023, students will have the opportunity to attend the show on both trade and public days to get a flavour of the industry. Whether it’s taking inspiration from the hundreds of displays or seeking out career advice, Autosport International is a fantastic opportunity to get ahead.
Featured within Autosport International is the Autosport Engineering Show, which is the beating heart of the trade-exclusive offering. Guests can meet industry professionals, listen to thought-leaders on a wide range of topics and experience hundreds of exhibits.
One example of how the academic sector is using the show to attract students is the University of Wolverhampton Racing team. This is an innovative project that immerses undergraduates in real racing environments, including preparing and developing cars for leading British championships. University courses such as this offer hands-on, professional experience across a host of motorsport disciplines.
Terry Gibson, Head of Alumni & Development, University of Wolverhampton, explains the concept: “Students get the opportunity to become part of a fully-functional racing team while studying. Our racing department is the official Factory Works Team of the Morgan Motor Company which, apart from the driver, entirely consists of students. We also have representation in Formula Student and the F3 Cup Championship.
“The show has fantastic access for students to explore options within the motorsport industry. Over the course of the four days, our Praga racing car, with which we compete in the Praga Cup, will be on display at the show. Guests can visit our stand and see the car get built and chat with current students working towards a motorsport-related degree. Some of our alumni have gone on to work for the likes of Mercedes AMG F1, Bentley, Aston Martin and many others.
“For us, Autosport International is a unique chance to speak to fans, industry professionals and members of the public to raise the profile of our degrees. For our students, it’s also an opportunity to meet potential employers and build their own networks.”
Ben Whibley, Director of Events, Motorsport Network: “There are few better opportunities for students to get insight from some of the most experienced individuals in the market. At Autosport International, students can register for a trade ticket for Thursday or Friday and network with people within the motorsport and automotive industry. We’re delighted by the wealth of options for young people to get involved in racing, and are proud to be supporting the industry at Autosport International 2023.”
1 The most in demand engineering jobs for 2022. https://www.metalis.co.uk/blog/2022/03/the-most-in-demand-engineering-jobs-for-2022?source=google.com