Nurturing talent at Silverstone Park
Inspiration for Innovation: secondary schools project
In 2018, Silverstone Park joined Gaia Innovation's schools programme ‘Inspiration for Innovation’ (I4I) which aims to help young people in the area achieve higher level skills and better career opportunities through greater engagement with local employers.
The results have been dramatic with Year 1’s initial target of 1,000 ‘meaningful encounters’ between students and employers being smashed.
In Year 2, Sponne School, Towcester has become a partner school alongside Kingsthorpe College, Northampton and The Buckingham school. The University of Buckingham has also joined Silverstone Park developer MEPC as a co-sponsor of the programme – unique in the East Midlands.
Teachers have been quick to praise I4I which has benefited from some 30 representatives from 20 businesses volunteering their time with children.
Full STEAM Ahead! Coding club in junior schools
In September 2019, Silverstone Park joined with Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and leading engineer Cristiana Pace’s business ENovation Consulting to launch a pilot coding club for children in local junior schools.
Using LEGO® Education’s ‘We do 2.0’ technology kits, one-hour after-school sessions teach 8-11 year-old children coding and engineering.
The coding club is called Full STEAM Ahead! (in deference to science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).
Silverstone and Kislinbgbury primary schools have been part of the initial pilot with plans to roll it out into other local schools in Year 2.
CLICK HERE for more about Full STEAM Ahead!
National College for Motorsport
The motorsport arm of The Bedford College Group, ‘NC4M’ has been based at Silverstone Park since 2004.
In that time it is estimated close to 1,400 young people including an increasing number of female students have been trained as motorsport technicians with many going on to work at the sport’s highest levels (Formula 1, WEC, WRC, WRX, BTCC etc).
In November 2016 the College in effect doubled its presence at Silverstone Park when it opened a new building to the tune of £1.5m. This includes more workshops and classrooms, giving it the capability to take on more students. Visit www.nc4m.ac.uk for more information.
Silverstone University Technical College
The UTC, which is all about producing the best engineering brains for the future, opened on site in September 2013 and has rapidly built an international reputation.
As well as the National Curriculum it specialises in teaching engineering and business management to 14 to 18-year-olds, enjoying ties with such as Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive and Mercedes F1.
Since opening it has also celebrated a desireable 0% ‘NEETS’ rating, with every student who left successfully going on to a place in education, employment or training. Student numbers now are close to 450 compared to 160 when it first opened…
Visit www.utc-silverstone.co.uk for more information.