Nurturing talent at Silverstone Park
National College for Motorsport
The motor sport arm of Tresham College in east Northants, ‘NC4M’ has been based at Silverstone Park since 2004.
In that time it is estimated close to 1000 students have been taught the art of stripping, re-building, repairing and wiring racing cars in its workshops which simulate the immaculate surroundings of a professional race team. In November 2016 the College in effect doubled its presence at Silverstone Park when it opened a second building to the tune of £1.5m facility which includes more workshops and classrooms. This gives it the capability to take on more students. Notably it is also successful in increasing female participation in what has previously been perceived as a male-dominated environment. Visit www.nc4m.ac.uk for more information.
California Superbike School
Superbike School is the UK arm of the California Superbike School which is recognised as the pre-eminent motorcycle training school in existence.
2014 saw Superbike School Ltd and Silverstone Park occupiers Ducati UK join to supply the school with a fleet of high performance bikes for rider tuition. With Ducati acknowledged as being the world’s most desirable motorbike manufacturer, it is a match made in heaven. In 2015 the school was also awarded ‘Gold Standard’ accreditation by the MCIAC (Motorcycle Industry Association Accreditation Centre). Visit www.superbikeschool.co.uk for more information.
Racing Steps Foundation
Having a presence at Silverstone Park’s Innovation Centre, RSF is a private, not-for-profit fund that provides and finances competition and personal performance development programmes for young British racers in cars and motorbikes.
In car racing it has guided drivers to success – notably in 2017 Oliver Rowland is now one of the leading names in the FIA F2 category which sits just beneath Formula 1 and James Calado is enjoying a strong career as a Ferrari driver in international sportcars On motorbikes it recently gave John McPhee his big break (he is now a factory Honda rider and one of the top names in 2017’s Moto3 which supports MotoGP). Visit www.racingsteps.co.uk for more information.
Silverstone University Technical College
The UTC, which is all about producing the best engineering brains for the future, opened in September 2013 and has rapidly built a reputation internationally.
As well as the National Curriculum it specialises in teaching engineering to 14 to 18-year-olds, enjoying ties with such as Aston Martin, McLaren Automotive and Mercedes F1. In 2016 it celebrated a zero per cent NEETS rating after all those students who left in 2015 from went on to a place in education, employment or training – rare for any college. Student numbers now are close to 450 compared to 160 when it first opened… Visit www.utc-silverstone.co.uk for more information.