A Week at Jardine Motors Group
NAME – Jardine Motors Group
SIZE – 3,500+ staff
FUN FACT – Did you know? Jardine Motors Group employees have given their time and talents to raise a phenomenal £1million for national charity, Whizz-Kidz, over the last five years?
“Being a woman in the automotive industry isn’t about limiting yourself. It’s about embracing yourself as a woman, knowing you can do exactly what a man can do.” – Maham Mateen, S4SNextGen work experience student at Jardine Motors Group
An authorised franchisee for 20 manufacturers, operating at over 70 locations nationwide, Jardine Motors Group is one of the UK’s top automotive retailers, employing over 3,500 team members, across industry-leading brands, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Audi and McLaren. Over one week, the company hosted S4SNextGen student, Maham Mateen for work experience at their Audi operations in Manchester. Find out how Maham got on:
The automotive industry is a constantly evolving one, making it one of the most exciting to be in right now. It also offers a plethora of job opportunities across a host of functions including technical, sales, management, customer service and support.
At Jardine Motor Group, because we are passionate about recruiting the best new team members possible, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity or background, we have chosen to support initiatives such as Speakers For Schools’ work experience programme S4SNextGen, because it helps leading organisations to offer placements to state school students who need them the most. Not to mention that it has been a fantastic opportunity for us to demystify and break down misconceptions about the automotive sector.
Maham Mateen, is just one example of a student who had not considered the automotive industry as a potential career, until she spent a week at Manchester Audi as part of the S4SNextGen programme.
Before starting her placement, Maham’s observations were those typically encountered by the industry. For example, that the dealership would be staffed entirely by men, the hours would be long and that the work would be technical.
However, after spending just one week with the Manchester Audi team, Maham’s perception had completely changed and she soon realised that “motor retail offers such great careers that are not just for ‘boys’”.
Over the course of a week, Maham was exposed to a whole host of departments including sales, servicing, HR, customer service and finance. She was also given the opportunity to shadow key personnel including the Head of Business, General Sales Manager, Marketing Manager and HR Business Partner.
As part of her work experience, Maham was challenged to prepare and deliver a presentation to Clare Martin, the Group’s HR Director and David Lucas, Market Area Director for the North West, covering what she had learnt from the week, and sharing her ideas for how to make the automotive industry more attractive to younger people and females.
Maham also found out about our fantastic employer initiatives – flexible working hours, 33 days annual leave for all, industry leading pay and benefit packages, excellent career progression planning and innovative employee offers!
We are passionate about encouraging younger people to choose the automotive sector as a career and many of Maham’s findings and suggestions are already being considered by Jardine Motors Group. We really enjoyed hosting Maham and hopefully her recommendation of opportunities within the industry is a small step in encouraging more young people to consider joining Jardine.