2013-08-25 14:56:21 - Enter the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award
Roberto Antonio Pace, the winner of the 2012 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award, has now completed his invaluable prize: five months' paid internships with contest partners McLaren, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot and Skoda, as well as, finishing back where it all started, the Autocar office (pictured at his desk).
The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is regarded as the premier automotive industry competition of its type. The 2013 winner will be rewarded with paid internships:- one month at each of the contest sponsors: Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.
To enter the 2013 competition, students need to answer in 500 words a brief set by Autocar editor-in-chief Steve Cropley and submit their entry via the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award website
- by 2 September 2013 (details and links in main article).
Brief: Describe, in no more than 500 words, an idea, innovation or change to corporate policy that would improve the UK automotive business.
The idea could work in any area of the automotive business - from concept through to the sales showroom and aftermarket.
"I have had an amazing experience, not just by winning the competition," said Roberto, aged 25, who studied at Kingston University. "The whole process has been absolutely incredible; it's been thought-provoking, stimulating and definitely future career enhancing.
"I really do encourage all students to enter the competition; the networking opportunities are so valuable and the mentoring sessions are something money just couldn't buy. I am hoping to have some very exciting news very soon; I have my fingers crossed."
The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award was launched in 2009 to offer entrants a unique chance to launch an automotive industry career and is run by Autocar in partnership with Courland International and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Submissions will be welcomed from all disciplines, including - but not limited to - engineering, marketing and communications, design and media. Special credit will be given to the originality of entrants' suggestions. Successful students who are selected after their initial entry will need to demonstrate how their idea could be made viable and the advantages it would offer.
The six best entrants will attend a mentoring session with one of the assigned judges from the 2013 sponsor companies. This will be followed by the final judging day at the home of Autocar at Teddington Studios on 6 November, where the entrants will make presentations to a panel of leading industry executives from the 2013 sponsor companies.
Full details on how to apply: