McLaren Racing announce all-female STEM programme

‘60 Scholars’ open to UK-based female students between 18 and 23.

McLaren Racing has announced ‘60 Scholars’, an all-female STEM programme designed to support women in motorsport.

Confirmed:

  • Applications open to UK-based female students between the ages of 18 and 23
  • ‘60 Scholars’ offers an accelerated course of learning, mentorship and experience
  • Programme will be delivered in collaboration with team partners Google, Cisco and Cadence
  • Successful applicants will also benefit from a network of peers and experts to support their career trajectory

Context: This announcement comes after McLaren Racing released its annual sustainability report, which revealed that, in 2022, 33 per cent of its new starters came from underrepresented backgrounds. The Woking-based team also launched its first returnship scheme to support women getting back into the technology and engineering industries.

Comment: Kate O'Hara-Hatchley, head of diversity, early careers and development at McLaren Racing, said: “Offering a route for young people – especially young women – to get into STEM careers is extremely important to us at McLaren. That’s why we’re excited to launch 60 Scholars, together with partners who share our passion for nurturing the talent of the future. We are especially delighted to be offering this to female students across the UK, raising awareness of the need to create a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Coming next: The new scheme will be available through the McLaren Racing Careers portal from 29th May. It will be open for female students to apply for a period of two weeks.

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