McLaren Racing today announced its sponsorship of five students as part of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Program. This popular investment was funded by McLaren Racing Engage, a strategic alliance with four expert partners to drive forward a program of initiatives to diversify talent in motorsports.
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is designed to inspire 16-year-old students, who identify engineering as their chosen path and encourage them to pursue their career goal of becoming future leaders in engineering. The scholarship is awarded to successful students through a rigorous selection process, and supports them with A Levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications.
For the duration of the two-year scholarship period, McLaren Racing will provide funding to the five successful students and their schools to enable them to purchase study resources and equipment, and will support each student with a dedicated mentor from the McLaren Formula 1 engineering team. Mentors will provide ongoing support by giving students insight into the everyday life of an engineer, while helping to equip them with the skills required to succeed in future STEM careers.
The grant is the second initiative of McLaren Racing’s partnership with The Smallpeice Trust through the McLaren Racing Engage Alliance, which will encourage, promote and invest in the talent of tomorrow.
Rebecca Constable, Director of People Experience, McLaren Racing said:
“We are thrilled to support five Arkwright engineering scholars, providing funding for them and their schools so they can invest in the technology and tools they will need to see through their scholarships.
“Being able to offer mentor support and provide a real-world work experience is something we are particularly proud of. When we announced that we would be participating in the program, we were overwhelmed with support from our engineering teams and discovered that we had several Arkwright Engineering Scholarship alumni working at McLaren Racing, so it seemed appropriate Being chosen as mentors to support the next generation of talent.”
To celebrate the start of the scholarship journey, McLaren Racing invited the five successful students and their parents and Dr. Kevin B. Stinson of The Smallpeice Trust for a tour of the McLaren Technology Center where they spent time learning about the engineering mentors, gained insight into McLaren history and met Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo .
Dr Kevin B. Stinson, CEO, The Smallpeice Trust said:
“As part of McLaren Racing’s commitment to Arkwright’s engineering scholars, it has been invaluable for these illustrious future engineers to visit the McLaren Racing home and meet their mentors. If we are to retain the bright and diverse youth of 16-18 years in our engineering talent pipelines, it is imperative that They experience the latest engineering on the job and meet relevant engineering models.”
Chris Wilson, Composite Design Engineer, McLaren Racing is one of the mentors who are there to support and guide students as they progress on the scholarship.
Chris said of his motivations to become a mentor: “I decided to become a mentor when I was studying, and I went through the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships myself and that was great for me. It helped with my interview style which eventually secured my role at McLaren Racing. Over the course of The next two years, we will be working with the students, showing them what McLaren is all about and helping prepare them for the future as a professional engineer.”
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