24 October 2017
Over 40 per cent more students and apprenticeship placements with every UK-based Formula 1 team – the National College for Motorsport’s new academic year at Silverstone Park is off to a flying start.
Latest figures show that the College attracted 41% more students in 2016/17 thanks to the opening 12 months ago of a new, 7000 sq ft building housing latest-spec workshops and classrooms at a cost of £1.5 million.
That means a total of 135 youngsters studying the art of race car mechanics passing through its doors and it will be same in 2017/18…
Ninety-one per cent successfully passed their EAL Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology (Motorsport).
Percentage-wise there was also a further increase in the number of female students – these now total six per cent of the College’s full-time students.
And revealed the College’s Motorsport Manager Jim Harrod: “We are also very proud of the fact that we have many former apprentices now employed in every UK based F1 team, as well as high level international race teams.”
He added: “The main focus of all courses is progression into apprenticeships with UK based race teams, which also proved very successful – 52 full time students securing apprenticeships within the motorsport industry, bringing the total number of apprentices studying at the National College for Motorsport to over one hundred.
“The staff have been working very hard with many high-profile race teams such as Carlin Motorsport, Arden International and Fortec Motorsport to secure excellent careers for our students.
“Our new purpose built facility which opened in autumn 2016 adds to our existing premises at Silverstone Park and has played a key role, but undoubtedly has the location.
“We are of course right next to Silverstone circuit so have a high-profile R&D facility on our doorstep. Also more and more innovative high-tech companies – some with motorsport connections – are re-locating to Silverstone Park making for a very motivational environment for our students.”