New scholarship puts women in the driver’s seat: Carspring & IMI

 According to statistics, there is only 16% female participation in the automotive sector – an unacceptably low level in this field. To tackle this problem, the IMI are working in collaboration with Carspring for the launch of their new scholarship for female students aspiring to work in the motor industry.

About Carspring and the IMI

Carspring, founded in February 2015, is an online used car dealership, and are working in collaboration with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to encourage increased female participation in the automotive sector.

The IMI is the professional association for individuals working in the motor industry. The Institute is also the Skills Sector Council for the automotive retail industry.

With figures from finding that only 16% of those working in the UK industry are women, Carspring co-founder Maximillian Vollenbroich is determined to help bring about a change:

“The gender imbalance in the motor industry is, frankly, ridiculous. Everyone, both men and women drive cars, so both men and women should be involved in the sector. What’s more, inequality is a real roadblock to innovation and we want to do our bit to make amends.”

“At Carspring, we’re committed to bringing about a better balance. One of our core values is inclusiveness, which is obviously really close to our hearts. But, it’s not just about our belief in gender equality. We know that businesses representing their customer base better have the best chance of success.”

“The IMI has been instrumental in pushing to address the problem. That’s why we’ve partnered with them to deliver this scholarship. We think the combination of financial help and practical experience presents a truly unique opportunity to encourage more women to get involved.”

IMI CEO Steve Nash said:

“This is a fantastic initiative that chimes perfectly with our campaign to promote careers in the motor industry to women. Carspring are ahead of the curve on this issue and I hope other companies will follow their lead and offer practical assistance to help young women join our sector.”

What is the Carspring IMI Female Automotive Scholarship?

This scholarship scheme is open to all women who are passionate about gaining invaluable experience within the automotive sector. Successful candidates will benefit from both financial support and work experience, as the programme is designed to aid with higher education or professional training in this particular sector.

There are talented women who may be feeling tentative about entering such a male-dominated industry, so the work Carspring are out to do focuses on providing the right education and training for women to thrive. The statistics reveal the reality behind the need for the change in the automotive sector.

Key details

  • ‘You can apply regardless of the discipline you’re working in. However, we do ask that all applicants have the following to be considered: You are a female student or apprentice with a clear, unbridled passion for cars; A demonstrable interest in working in the automotive sector; 5 A*-C grades at GCSE; A current or planned undertaking of a relevant Level 2, 3 or 4 Apprenticeship (advanced technician etc.); Or, a confirmed place at a UK university or college.’
  • It offers a £1,000 cash bursary and a 2-week work experience period in either London or Berlin to 2 successful applicants per year.

How to apply

  • Applicants apply by submitting a briefing document on ‘The Future of Automotive Retail’ – this is a 500-1000 word summary of the most pertinent emerging trends within the industry. This will be the key consideration in the selection of successful applicants, so ensure that you have plenty of time to complete this!
  • Applicants must apply with a CV, including two references, and a covering letter of no more than one page of A4. They want to see you demonstrate evidence of your best achievements to-date, and your interest in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Also, summarise any existing sponsorships you may already have.
  • Once completed, send all of the above to, with the subject line ‘Scholarship Application: Your Name’.
  • The application deadline is 31/08/2017.


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