McLaren announces first recipients of Career Development Bursary

New bursary targets creative minds from underrepresented communities

Twenty-five candidates from underrepresented communities now have a chance to fulfil ambitions to work in the creative industries, thanks to a new Career Development Bursary launched by McLaren Racing and Creative Access.

The Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary launched in October aims to diversify talent in motorsport by making the creative economy more representative, accessible and inclusive.

The Career Development Bursary can be used towards training courses; essential equipment such as cameras, lighting, and photo editing software; laptops; relocation costs and driving lessons; disability access support, care costs and bespoke coaching or mentoring.

To coincide with the launch, Creative Access surveyed more than 1,900 people working in or looking to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Over three quarters (77%) said they had not applied for a job due to the associated high living or commuting costs. A third (35%) had refused job offers because of financial obstacles, whilst almost half (47%) of people surveyed said financial barriers have ‘greatly’ impacted their career progression

The findings revealed the crucial role of the Career Development Bursary in enabling people from underrepresented groups to access and progress in the sector.

McLaren has been championing greater diversity in motorsports and associated fields through several initiatives in recent months. Earlier this year, it announced it would be sponsoring five students from The Smallpeice Trust’s Arkwright’s Engineering Scholarship Programme. In November, the racing company launched the STEM challenge school programme that empowers young people to consider STEM careers.

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