Competition aims to inspire next generation of female engineers

Lola Group has launched a national competition aimed at encouraging young women to pursue further education and careers in science, design and engineering.

The contest, which will be open to all women under the age of 25, will be officially launched at the end of January and will run throughout Spring 2012. Entrants will be required to produce an original, revolutionary design for a product that is compatible across Lola's portfolio of technologies in aerospace, defence, communications, renewables, motorsport and automotive industries. A panel of expert judges will assess every entry and narrow the field down to a shortlist of ten. The competition will culminate in a celebration of young female engineering talent at a prestigious award's ceremony where shortlisted candidates and the winner will be announced in front of leading British engineers, government ministers and media. The top prize will be awarded to an outstanding young woman who demonstrates ability, imagination and passion for engineering. The winner will receive a cheque, a trophy and the opportunity to further enhance and test their winning design at Lola's state of the art facilities in Huntingdon. Martin Birrane, owner of Lola Group, said: "Lola is determined to support the discovery of Britain's brightest female engineering talent and inspire young people to pursue their passion in science, design and engineering. This competition provides the opportunity for exceptional young women to get noticed for all the right reasons and we are anticipating exciting and pioneering designs to be entered by young women from around the country."