It is astonishing that there are many people in the top jobs in motor sport who have never been to university. They have got there by a mixture of ability and determination to succeed. If you have a burning desire to work in the world of motor sport or motor sport or motor manufacture there are always jobs going at most levels. If you think that the lack of academic qualifications is holding you back, an honest approach to the company of your choice may bring unexpected results. The job offer may not be the one you want but once you are an insider you will have a good chance to demonstrate your ability. It is useful to add that all the large companies have an education and training programme that is open to all employees. Some companies list courses of study that are not even job related.
There are a number of programmes available for graduates and undergraduates who wish to make a career in the motor industry or in motorsport. Look at the website of the MIA (Motorsport Industry Association, www.the-mia.com ) and the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, www.smmt.co.uk )
We work closely with the University of East London (UEL) taking part in government programs, such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, this scheme is designed to improve company competitiveness by engaging with the University's expertise. KTP is part funded by government and has given us the services of a first class graduate, employed specially by the university, for two years to plan and implement a new design strategy and to design and develop new products. It is not an exaggeration to say that the scheme has transformed our company. We heartily recommend KTP as an excellent way forward for all business, large and small. You can get more details of KTP from Andy Chisholm at UEL. ( firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ktponline.org.uk )