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Engineering Students receive a visit from Mercedes

Our engineering students got a taste of the fast-paced world of Formula One this month when they received a talk from Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP).

On Wednesday 4 November, students listened keenly to Stuart Boyer, Employee Development Manager for HPP as he highlighted career paths within the company. Stuart talked about the history of the company and introduced the technology currently used by the four Formula 1 teams they power: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS, Sahara Force India, Williams Martini Racing and Lotus F1.

Stuart went on to explain how HPP take on Apprentices in the roles of machinists, assembly technicians, and test technicians, all of which can lead to the opportunity for full-time employment with the company. Stuart told students that an apprenticeship with HPP would be a “great opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment with a chance to do real work early on, directly contributing to the success of the team”.

Students were also eager to hear about former Farnborough College of Technology student, Sam Robinson, who went on to be an apprentice machinist at HPP. A chance for one of our engineering students to win a guaranteed place at HPP’s apprentice assessment centre, a week’s worth of work experience, and £500 also sparked interest.

Programme Manager, Bill Tottle, said:

“The Apprenticeship scheme with HPP is an unbeatable opportunity. It was great to see the students so interested in the kind of career paths their studies might lead to and I hope the Student of the Year award encourages them all to work hard.”