New scholarship puts women in drivers seat

Carspring Team Image: Joe Newman

Carspring and the institute of Modern Industry have recently released an exciting new scholarship opportunity to inspire female participation in the automotive sector.

The programme aims to provide financial support and work experience to successful applicants, and allows vital opportunities for professional training and valuable insights into this growing sector.

Carspring are attempting to widen the opportunities for women in this male dominated industry as only 16% of those employed in the automotive sector are women. Founded in February 2015, Carspring is an online used car dealership, based in both London and Berlin. With 47.5% of customers being female, the company sees breaking down gender barriers as paramount to success. IMI are also passionate about supporting and discovering female talent that might otherwise be over looked in this sector.

“Carspring are attempting to widen the opportunities for women in this male dominated industry as only 16% of those employed in the automotive sector are women”

Carspring co-founder Maximillian Vollenbroich commented

“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.”

Anyone with a confirmed place at university can apply, for the scholarship and encourage any interested Newcastle University students to get involved.

For more details, visit www.carspring.co.uk/scholarship

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