Drivers of Change returns to attract emerging talent across three key sectors: technology, digital and retail; winners will be offered a prize of £5,000 plus networking.

Autocar and Ennis & Co have teamed up again to attract emerging talent to the automotive sector in a bid to highlight the exciting employment opportunities available in the industry as it undergoes a period of unprecedented change, driven by the drive towards electrification, autonomy and digitalisation.

The Drivers of Change competition returns with three categories: Technology, Digital and Retail.

Prior experience is not required – the range of entrants spans from those starting out in their career to those with more experience, be that within the automotive world or outside of it. The key is to have an idea that could “challenge the status quo”.

The winner in each of the three Drivers of Change categories will take home £5,000 in prize money and get the chance to attend this November’s SMMT Annual Dinner.

Entries are now open – to enter and find out more, visit:

Participants must be aged 18 or over to enter. They will need to submit a short-written piece on why they should win, as well as a creative video. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an exclusive assessment (held online), where a panel comprising leading industry figures from design, digital and retail will judge the candidates.

To find out more or to register, visit:

Steve Cropley, Autocar’s editor-in-chief, said: “As we’ve seen in the last year, rapid change is here to stay. With the automotive industry transforming so quickly and in so many exciting ways, there has never been a better time for fresh talent with new ideas and different ways of working to break through and make a difference.

“Applicants might be coming out of university or they might be a couple of roles into their careers; there’s no upper age limit, just a desire to hear from anyone who has an ability to look at problems from fresh angles and create opportunities from them.”

Drivers of Change is sponsored by: Jardine Motors Group, Marshall Motor Holdings, Sytner Group, APCUK, Cox Automotive, CitNOW, IMS Tech, JATO Dynamics, McLaren Automotive, Polestar, Toyota GB, Volkswagen Group UK, Volvo Car UK.

Ennis & Co founder Lynda Ennis said: “We believe that an inclusive industry is a benefit to all during this pivotal time for automotive. For this reason, a key focus of the Drivers of Change competition is to attract talented and innovative individuals of all ages, from all backgrounds, all walks of life and all industries to the automotive sector”.

SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said: “The global car industry is facing a ‘once in a century’ technological shift with a decarbonised future beckoning, one which is increasingly connected and digital. The UK is embracing this shift but needs to attract the brightest and the best and stimulate innovation if it is to be at the forefront of these changes”.

You can find out more about last year’s winners and their ideas here.