Very few countries or industries can offer as many career opportunites as Britain and the automotive industry. That’s why at least 180,000 people are employed directly in design, engineering and manufacturing in the UK.
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From OEM manufacturers, through world class suppliers and design consultancies, there are openings at all levels in the industry. Every day in the UK there are men and women designing and engineering cars and parts and assembling them into finished products for sale at home and abroad. Many of these employees made their first tentative steps with training and educational courses based in UK colleges and universities.
Although getting started might seem like a daunting prospect, there are plenty of college and university courses majoring on automotive engineering that fill the frequent vacancies which crop-up each year.
UCAS, which administers applications to UK universities lists 108 degree courses alone that major on automotive engineering, while many mainstream engineering degrees will offer automotive options.
Loughborough University, for example, offers a world-class three-year first degree in automotive engineering or a four-year master of engineering. Graduates from the courses find high quality jobs in the industry.
British designers are recognised as among the best in the world — it’s one of the British car industry’s best kept secrets that cars with European, American and Asian badges are frequently designed by British design talent, trained in the UK.
Coventry University has a world-renowned degree course in automotive design that each year turns out graduates highly sought-after by global car-makers.
London’s Royal College of Art pioneered car design as a post-graduate degree discipline in the 1960s and continues to train the industry’s future high-flying design chiefs from its campus on Kensington Gore, in the heart of London’s west end.