Engineering student Molly is in pole position

Engineering student Molly is in pole positionA Rugby College full-time engineering student will have an experience to remember after picking up a prize of a work placement and guaranteed job interview with Formula 1 manufacturer Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP).

Molly Thomas, 17, from Leicestershire beat off competition from fellow first year Level 3 Engineering students to be selected by her tutors as the highest achieving student on the course.

Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager at Mercedes AMG HPP presented Molly with her prize, which also included a £500 cheque, framed certificate signed by MD Andy Cowell, and a guaranteed place at their assessment centre for new apprentices in the spring.

Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, based in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, design and manufacture Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines and hybrid systems for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team – the Silver Arrows are currently leading the Constructors Championship. Driver Lewis Hamilton also currently leads the Formula 1 Drivers Championship ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. HPP also supply power units for other F1 teams including Sahara Force India, Williams Martini Racing and Lotus F1.

Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager for Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains said: “It is critical for us to maintain a pipeline of talented apprentices into HPP as the future Engineering Technicians; in order to facilitate this, it is extremely important to have a close partnership with academia.

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

“Congratulations to Molly on behalf of our Managing Director, Andy Cowell, and the team at HPP.”

Molly said, “I was really shocked to win this award but it was a nice surprise. I’ve always been interested in engineering and cars – my dad’s into classic cars and my mum works in the industry – so when I came for the open day at college I knew it was right for me.

“I want to see and experience everything in engineering so I’m really looking forward to the work placement.”

Colin Meikle, Head of Engineering Full-Time Programmes said, “Well done to Molly, who was nominated for this award from all the full-time engineering students at Rugby College and Warwick Trident College. She has a superb attitude, an enquiring mind and the way she goes about her work is excellent so it is thoroughly deserved.

“We’re proud to work with Mercedes AMG HPP on this award programme – it shows that our students are the quality that they want for their employees, which is fantastic.”

Warwickshire College Group offers engineering courses up to degree level at Warwick Trident and Rugby Colleges. For more information go to or call 0300 456 0049.

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