The supercar maker is eyeing up its next-generation of engineers.

McLaren Birmingham invited a group of local school children to its showroom recently for an insight into maths and science based careers.

Year 7 students from Alderbrook School met McLaren Automotive engineers and designers to learn about what inspired their career path with the supercar manufacturer, and how they use their skills to help develop some of the most technologically-advanced cars on the road today.

McLaren inspires next-generation in Birmingham

As well as getting to try some of the latest McLarens for size, the students also had the opportunity to try engineering and coding by building and racing their own Lego cars. They also tested their reactions on a Batak board similar to those used by racing drivers to train, which was supplied by McLaren partner Pirelli.

"We hope that this event will broaden horizons for young people in our local area and open doors to future career opportunities that they may never have considered before," said Ian Roberts, McLaren Birmingham, Aftersales Manager. "Being a part of McLaren Automotive and their involvement in STEM activities is something we pride ourselves on as a retailer. We look forward to being further involved in future STEM opportunities with McLaren Automotive and giving something back to young people in our local community."

McLaren inspires next-generation in Birmingham

The whole initiative was part of McLaren's drive to broaden its STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach across the country. The company already supports the UK STEM awards and has given full-time roles to previous winners, and has teamed up with the BBC to develop educational science programming for primary school age groups and above.

"We’re passionate about our cars at McLaren Automotive because our people are passionate about what they do," said Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of Human Resources, McLaren Automotive. "It’s great for our STEM ambassadors who work at McLaren to help showcase their expertise to these students in the West Midlands and for them to help inspire the next generation to take-up science, maths, engineering and technology subjects.

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"Not only do we want girls and boys to understand what a fulfilling and exciting career they can have by studying STEM subjects at school and beyond but we want them to see how much we value their creativity, energy and ambition which matches our own."

McLaren continues to grow each year and needs to recruit over 800 people across a variety of roles from manufacturing and logistics to design, engineering and support functions as it looks to build upon its global sales record of 4,806 cars in 2018.

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