The Automotive 30% Club uses robust research to support our volunteer network

For those of us with a serious interest in the coaction between the world of education and the employment world, we are always looking for robust research and resources from trusted and well established providers to give us insight into how we can guide our thinking.

At the Automotive 30% Club one of our go to sources is Education and Employers.

Education and Employers undertakes high quality robust research on education and employer engagement that informs education policy and practice. They also collaborate with other leading research institutions and ensure that research produced by academics around the world easily accessible to practitioners, employers and policy-makers.

There’s a fantastic online library with 40 years worth of forward thinking content, providing a comprehensive repository of different and effective approaches to employer engagement and careers education. It really is an invaluable asset for researchers, policymakers and academics.

The Automotive 30% Club Inspiration for Innovation Network is our national network of volunteers working with primary and secondary schools; creating access to opportunities for schools and students to have meaningful encounters with experienced representatives from diverse backgrounds. The purpose and key message of the I4I Network is to tackle gender stereotypes and career segregation at a young age, and to ensure that young women, in particular, see automotive companies and related tech industries as employers of choice.

To help support the aims of the Inspiration for Innovation Network, amongst the many informative and interesting articles there are a couple in the online library which we have taken a particular interest in recently and would like to share with you, ‘Gender Stereotyping in…Mathematics Performance’ which suggests that parents’ and teachers’ perceptions of a child’s mathematical ability may reflect the impact of gender stereotypes i.e. overestimating boys’ and underestimating girls’ achievements. Also, The Aspiration Gap, a report highlighting how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting young people in the UKs ambitions and aspirations, with  44% of 16-25 year-olds noting that their aspirations for the future are now lower as a result of the pandemic.

By raising awareness of these findings we hope that our network of volunteers will continue to realise just how important their volunteering in support of our Inspiration for Innovation Network is. We should continually strive to create a gender level playing field for our next generation and beyond, to uphold this and to maintain that it can only benefit both individuals and society as a whole.


Article by – Danielle Humphreys, Inspiration for Innovation Network Manager



Education and Employers – https://www.educationandemployers.org/

Education and employers Research Library – https://www.educationandemployers.org/research-type/research-library/

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