Williams Autosport Engineer of the Future Award
Williams is teaming up with AUTOSPORT to create a new annual award that will name an engineering student from a UK university as a rising star of Formula One engineering and support them with an accelerated career development programme.
The Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award will be presented in December each year at the annual Autosport Awards dinner, with the first award presented in December 2015. A joint Williams and AUTOSPORT judging panel will select the winner from a list of nominees provided by eight of the country’s leading universities with strong track records in engineering; Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Loughborough, Bath, Southampton, Oxford Brookes and Queens University, Belfast.
The nominees will be assessed on their previous academic track record and a proven passion for motorsport. Following a written essay question and a series of assessments at the Williams factory in Oxfordshire, the eventual winner will be offered an initial two year placement upon graduation in an accelerated development programme that will see them mentored by senior engineers and rotate through various areas of the team before they find their specialism. During the placement they will also get the unique opportunity to work in the team’s race operations division and gain experience at a Grand Prix.
Randstad Williams Engineering Academy
Williams is launching of a new Engineering Academy in partnership with Randstad, the second largest HR services provider in the world. The Randstad Williams Engineering Academy will begin in 2015 and will see Williams mentor up to 10 students each year in a long term extra-curricular programme that will help guide a new generation of engineers towards a successful career in Formula One.
To select the best candidates, Williams will be partnering with F1 in Schools, a not-for-profit educational organisation that delivers a world-class STEM competition that engages with millions of students across the globe. The Academy will be open to those aged between 16 and 18 at the time of entry and have successfully made it through to that year’s F1 in Schools World Finals.
A selection of nominated F1 in Schools World Finalists will apply to join the Academy in autumn each year and following a series of assessments up to 10 candidates will be successful, with the first students joining in November 2015. Over the course of the next seven years each cohort of students will be gradually whittled down in number as they complete a series of vocational placements and mentoring experiences at Williams and undertake e-learning projects. Given the global nature of the Academy, with students applying from all over the world, remote e-learning with a motorsport engineering theme will be a central tenet of the programme. Randstad will be using its global presence and extensive experience of global education systems and vocational skills training to help Williams in the promotion and the ongoing assessment of the students.
Apprenticeships & work experience
Formula One is often perceived to be an exclusive sport that lacks accessibility. Williams is trying to reverse this image by offering a range of apprenticeship, work experience and student placement programmes that are helping young people from a wide range of backgrounds enter Formula One. Williams also provides financial bursaries (for instance for PhD students at Cranfield University) and assisted with curricula development (Oxford Brookes University).
At Williams we are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths. It is this love for STEM subjects that has got our employees to where they are today - working on some of the world's most advanced technology that is helping to tackle issues such as global warming and compete at the highest level of global motorsport.
Formula One is a human capital business. It is therefore crucial that we arrest the declining interest in the study of STEM subjects at school and inspire the next generation of budding engineers. Several of our staff are also STEM Ambassadors, who go into local schools and deliver speeches designed to engage young people to focus on STEM subjects.