20th Jan, 2018

Engineering student 'guaranteed' interview with Formula 1 manufacturer

Maisie Jeynes 27th Jul, 2017

AN ENGINEERING student from Stratford is gearing up for life in the fast lane.

Dominic Smallman has won a work experience placement and guaranteed job interview with Formula 1 manufacturer Mercedes High Performance Powertrains (HPP).

The Warwick Trident College student beat competition from his peers when his tutors selected him as the highest achiever on the level three engineering course.

The 17 year-old said: “I’ve always enjoyed working on cars so I made the decision to go straight into engineering after school.

“I follow Formula 1 and was going to apply for the apprenticeship scheme anyway, so to have a guaranteed place is great. I’m really looking forward to the work experience.”

HPP, based in Northamptonshire, design and manufacture Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines, and supply power units for F1 teams.

Lee Walters, employee development manager at HPP, presented Dominic with his prize, which included a £500 cheque and framed certificate signed by managing director Andy Cowell.

Lee said: “It is critical for us to maintain a pipeline of talented apprentices as future engineering technicians.

“Receiving this award is the first stepping stone to fantastic engineering opportunities in Mercedes HPP and in Formula 1 as whole.”

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