CAR loving students look set to take their education into fifth gear after college chiefs secured a link-up with a Formula 1 supply giant.
Burton and South Derbyshire College has announced that it has signed on the dotted line to work with Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP), who design and manufacture the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engine.
Now, engineering students at the Lichfield Street campus will be monitored by staff from the firm and the top-performing individual at the end of the programme will win a £500 prize and a guaranteed interview at their assessment centre for an apprenticeship.
Colin Bancroft, course leader for extended diploma in engineering at the college, said: “We are committed to working in partnership with industry to provide exciting opportunities.
“Our partnership with Mercedes AMG on this project will provide excellent motivation for learners to work hard and be in with the chance of working for an industry leader in the engineering sector.”
The highest performing student will be assessed using a range of factors, including grades, attendance, punctuality and overall commitment to the programme.
Mercedes AMG is a Daimler AG company whose principal activities are the design and manufacture of Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines and hybrid power systems for the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
The company also supplies power units to the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Sahara Force India teams.
The scheme has been created to increase awareness of the firm’s apprenticeship programme and to provide the company with high calibre candidates who will be the next generation of engineers in the industry.
Stuart Boyer, employee development manager for Mercedes AMG, said: “Working in Formula 1 is not only exciting but also very demanding, so it’s essential we attract highly motivated and talented individuals to join our programme. We’re excited to be working with the college to inspire the next generation of engineers.”