Local students get science inspired at McLaren Birmingham

Education | Employment & Skills | Manufacturing | Midlands

Pupils from a local school were the special VIP guests of retailer McLaren Birmingham in Solihull this weekend where they got to find out for themselves how pursuing a science or maths based career helps to create some of the world’s most iconic supercars.

Year seven students from Alderbrook School met engineers and designers from McLaren Automotive to find out about what inspired their own journey to the luxury car company and how they use their skills to help push the boundaries of technology in the automotive sector.

The children also got a rare chance to sit in some of the marque’s famous models including a McLaren 570S Spider sportscar before having a chance to flex their engineering and coding brains by building and racing their own LEGO cars. To keep the students on their toes ahead of their LEGO build, McLaren tyre Partner Pirelli also supplied a Batak game to test the students’ reaction times.

The retailer-based event is a further new initiative from the car company to help broaden its extensive STEM and educational outreach to communities across the country.  McLaren Automotive already backs the UK STEM Awards (which has seen previous winners secure permanent roles at McLaren) and has partnered with the BBC on educational science programming for primary school age groups and above.

Developing the next generation of automotive expertise is vitally important to McLaren. As the company continues to grow, the need for a skilled workforce to design, develop, build and sell its cars is also expanding. Having just announced record global sales of 4,806 cars for 2018, the company needs to recruit over 800 people across a wide variety of roles from manufacturing and logistics to design, engineering and support functions.

Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of Human Resources, McLaren Automotive said: “We’re passionate about our cars at McLaren Automotive because our people are passionate about what they do. It’s great for our STEM ambassadors who work at McLaren to help showcase their expertise to these students in the West Midlands and for them to help inspire the next generation to take-up science, maths, engineering and technology subjects. Not only do we want girls and boys to understand what a fulfilling and exciting career they can have by studying STEM subjects at school and beyond but we want them to see how much we value their creativity, energy and ambition which matches our own.”

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