Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport trade show, Autosport International will do its part to help inspire and inform the next generation of Adrian Neweys and Ross Brawns, and arrest the current engineering skills shortage with its dedicated Careers in Motorsport area.

The show has dedicated a section to education and training providers since 2000, and the 25th anniversary edition at Birmingham’s NEC on 8-11 January 2015 will allow students interested in a career in motorsport to network with leading high-performance engineering companies, view the latest technology and learn more about pathways into the sport.

Figures released by EngineeringUK earlier this year revealed that an additional 1.48 million qualified engineers are required to fill roles before 2020, with motorsport among the fields experiencing the shortage.

Students interested in a career in motorsport will be able to network with leading high-performance engineering companies, view the latest technology and learn more about pathways into the sport.

Britain’s world-leading Motorsport Valley alone accounts for over 40,000 jobs and 4,300 companies, including eight of the 11 teams contesting the Formula 1 World Championship.

Among the education providers present, the University of Bolton will launch the new Ginetta-Juno LMP3 racer built at its Centre of Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE). The programme mixes traditional classroom learning with its own, in-house racing team, in association with RLR Msport.

CAPE formed a relationship with Ginetta Cars in 2014, and was last month announced as the world’s first customer of the new, 420bhp Le Mans racer, which will make its debut as part of the European and Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 classes in 2015.

“Only our advanced performance engineering students have access to work on a Le Mans race team and as a result of our partnership with Ginetta they will now be working on the brand new LMP3 car,” Professor George Holmes, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Bolton, said.

“The UK has a shortage of engineers. Over 1.48 million engineering professionals are required by 2020. Graduate engineers with strong experience can expect to enjoy competitive starting salaries, and an average lifetime wage premium in excess of £250k.

“The real-world experience provided by the university gives our students a competitive edge for a wide range of successful, advanced engineering careers, making them stand out from the crowd.”

The likes of Oxford Brookes University, Birmingham City University, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, and University of Dundee will also have a presence at Autosport International.

“It is vitally important that the industry maintains its position at the vanguard of high performance engineering and continues to attract high quality and talented engineers from around the world,” Dr Gareth B Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, at Oxford Brookes University said of attracting the next generation of engineers.

“If we are going to use motorsport as a technology accelerator with diffusion into other markets, it needs the best people.”

College and university students undertaking relevant courses are eligible to register for Autosport International’s trade-only days, 8-9 January, which includes Autosport Engineering in association with Racecar Engineering.

Trade passes are available from £27, with discounts for group bookings. To register call +44 (0)845 218 6012, or visit

Notes to editors

*8-9 January are dedicated Trade-only days

Applications for media accreditation are now welcomed through until 20 December 2014. Full terms and conditions can be found at

For more information or high resolution imagery, please contact a member of the Autosport International Press Office on +44 (0)1908 635300 or email

Autosport Engineering is Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport trade show and, as part of Autosport International, brings the UK and international motorsport industry together at Birmingham’s NEC on 8-11 January 2015.

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8-11 January 2015NEC Birmingham, UK Featuring every level of motor racing, from karting to Formula 1, the show truly brings together the world of motorsport under one roof. Catering for both professionals and motorsport fans alike, Autosport International incorporates two trade-only days (8 & 9) followed by two Public days (10 & 11) dedicated to motorsport enthusiasts. Autosport International takes place alongside the leading UK exhibition dedicated to enthusiasts of sports and performance cars, the Performance Car Show; giving visitors the ideal place to see the very best high-performance machines in their full glory.



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