2015 saw the launch of the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy, an innovative new scheme that, through The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge, will see Williams and Randstad mentor students from across the world as they bid to secure a career as Formula 1 engineers. Click here to see how they are getting on.
The Randstad Williams Engineering Academy is an extra-curricular e-learning and vocational skills programme. This is a staged programme that will see Williams support the students until the completion of their university studies. The curriculum includes motorsport engineering themed learning via an e-learning portal. The academy provides students with a wide variety of work placements at Williams and mentoring opportunities with senior Williams engineers.
“The Academy provides me with access to a world class Formula 1 team, giving me a great insight into how the industry works. The knowledge and experience I will gain from the academy will be invaluable for my future and I would not have had this opportunity without F1 in Schools.” Rachel Scott, 15
After progression through regional and national stages of the F1 in Schools competition, students from across the globe that qualified for the F1 in Schools World Final 2015, held in Singapore, were able to put themselves forward for the academy. Following a series of written submissions and group exercises that were overseen by a joint Williams and Randstad assessment panel, the eleven students chosen for the 2015 academy demonstrated the passion, commitment and raw skills needed to join this exclusive programme.
The academy officially began on 1st October 2015 and will see the students complete a series of motorsport themed e-learning modules that have been developed by Williams in partnership with Cambridge University Press, one of the world’s leading educational publishers. Each student has an experienced Williams engineer as a mentor and tutor to guide them through the e-learning activities and provide advice on a motorsport career.
"The Academy is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn how to apply theoretical sciences to the fast paced, competitive environment of Formula 1 and to get direct insight on the roles in a Formula 1 team from team members themselves. Participating in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge has facilitated this great opportunity and has certainly been one of the best experiences of my life" Max Britton, 18
Academies designed to identify and train future racing drivers have existed in Formula 1 for a number of years but this is the first scheme of its kind, dedicated to identifying and supporting a new generation of Formula 1 engineering stars.
CLICK HERE to see the students in action as they start their journey within the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy.
Don't forget to sign up to your local regional final to be in with a chance of getting into next years Randstad Williams Engineering Academy by clicking here!
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