Offered in partnership with Women In Science and Engineering, the ‘Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship’ provides one female undergraduate and one engineering apprentice with £1000 a year for every year of their studies. Practical support and mentoring is also part of the package, plus a summer placement with JLR in Warwickshire.
This is the second year of the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, which was awarded last year to Harriet Vickers, 19, anengineering undergraduate at Durham University. Harriet said: ‘In addition to the financial aid, having access to a mentor with a wealth of experience in the world of engineering has been invaluable. I’m now planning my work placement at Jaguar Land Rover and am looking forward to getting stuck into some more practical work over the summer’.
According to the charity Engineering UK, just four per cent of engineers in the UK are women. Jaguar Land Rover’s aim is to boost this figure by encouraging girls to participate in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, English and Maths) within schools, and ultimately to embark on careers in engineering. Its efforts so far have seen the proportion of female engineers at JLR rise from nine per cent in 2012 to 11 per cent in 2013.