The world’s most exciting STEM Challenge, Formula 1 in Schools®, launches a new Class to the competition in the UK coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week 2017, running from 6th to 10th March. A dedicated category for Engineering Apprentices will be launched later this month at the F1 in Schools UK National Final 2017, with a national rollout for the 2017/18 season.  

This Formula 1® linked challenge, renowned as the largest global educational STEM initiative, inspires students to put classroom theory into practice designing, developing, manufacturing and racing a scale model F1 race car. 

F1 in Schools currently features three classes of competition, with an Entry Class, offering a low-cost, time-efficient competition, which introduces students to the F1 in Schools programme, a Development Class that takes students to the second level, moving on the Professional Class for the more experienced students. The new Apprentice Class will sit alongside the Professional Class and will be open to UTC and Apprentice Training Centre Engineering students at Colleges and Group Training Associations as an extra-curricular opportunity.

The launch of the F1 in Schools Apprentice Class at the start of Nation al Apprenticeship Week, fits perfectly with this year’s theme of ‘ladder of opportunity’, with the Apprentice Class providing an additional level of progression within the competition structure.

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, announced the new Apprentice Class saying, “National Apprenticeship Week aims to increase awareness for Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and celebrating the benefits they bring to employers and industry. It is an appropriate time for us to announce our expansion plan to embrace Apprentices and give them a platform to compete within our F1 in Schools programme and we’re proud to be supporting the initiative.”

David Hill, Director of Apprenticeship, Department of Education said

“The tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2017 will celebrate this year’s theme: ‘the ladder of opportunity’ and will bring together employers, as well as current and former apprentices. The STEM Challenge, Formula 1 in Schools, is a brilliant example of how apprenticeships can work across many sectors. Apprenticeships are not just a unique way to progress in work and life but a fantastic way for employers to improve the skills base of their businesses and I am delighted that F1 in Schools have embraced National Apprenticeship Week and apprenticeships in such an exciting way.” 

National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and traineeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. 


The new Rules and Regulations will be released alongside the opening of registration for the 2017-18 UK competition season on 28th April 2017.  

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