Career springboard award open

Autocar and Courland Automotive have opened an enhanced version of the Next Generation Award programme to all UK resident young adults aged 17-25 for 2016.

Now a five-category competition, the Award is designed to be a career springboard for young people aspiring to work in the automotive industry.

The winner of the 2016 competition will receive a £9,000 cash prize, industry acclaim and six months of hands-on work experience, shared between award sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Toyota, Honda and Nissan, which joins as a brand new award patron this year.

The competition invites entrants to submit an original idea or innovation that would improve the UK automotive business in one of five categories – mobility, connectivity, sustainability, customer experience or marketing and communication.

Applications for the 2016 Autocar Courland Next Generation Award are now open at Autocar Next Generation Award.

Started in 2009, the Autocar Courland Next Generation Award is now a proven path into the UK auto industry. Roberto Antonio Pace, who won the Award in 2012, is now working as an engineer at McLaren Automotive, the same company at which 2015’s winner Morven Fraser starts the first of her six months of work experience this June.

Entries to the 2016 Award will be open until Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 17:00. Six finalists will be selected to present their innovations to the panel of judges in November, with the winner being announced at the centenary Annual Dinner of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.