Start your engines.

Did you know that lots of F1 teams have Apprenticeship roles?

Over the last five years, the number of racing teams giving apprentices a foot-in-the-door has steadily increased. In 2019, apprenticeships offer a real chance to get a job in Formula One.

We’ve created this in-depth guide to walk you through all of the best F1 apprenticeships available in the next year, looking at where they are, who they are with and how you can get them.

Much like the sport itself, motorsport apprenticeships are highly coveted, and competition is tough, no more so than in Formula One. Spots on F1 apprenticeship schemes are hotly contested, so it’s now more important than ever to know who is offering the best positions and what skills these employers truly value.

So join us on the inside track as we get under the hood of F1, fuelling your new career.

OK, enough bad racing puns… Let’s get on with in.


Already have a team in mind? Use the quick links below to jump straight there:

Williams F1
Redbull
Mercedes AMG Petronas
Ferrari
Renault Sport
Mclaren F1
Racing Point F1


Williams F1.

Williams offer early career opportunities at both apprenticeship and graduate level. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire (a part of the country known as Motorsport Valley), Williams’ apprenticeship scheme is suited to those with a real passion for engineering.

Apprentices with Williams can expect to rotate throughout the Metallic and Composite production areas of the business, as well as attending college to complete an intermediate level qualification.

At a minimum, applicants for Williams apprenticeships are expected to have a good standard of education at GCSE level, including Maths and English at grade C or above. As a plus, they also value fantastic communication skills.

While there are currently no apprentice vacancies, they are on the horizon. Williams F1 apprenticeships are generally advertised during April & May on their careers page.

[UPDATE] Engineering technician apprentice is now available until 22nd July.

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Yes
Recruitment Window: April-May (2019)
Requirements: GCSE passes + must-have Maths & English

Redbull Racing.

At the pinnacle of motorsport, Redbull Formula One Racing are another team who offer top motorsport apprenticeship positions. These roles are highly sought after and receive a lot of applications, so you will need to demonstrate that you are hard-working, focused, and have excellent attention to detail in order to stand out from the crowd.

A list of Redbull’s current apprenticeships include:

  • Machine Shop Apprenticeship
  • Composite Technician Apprenticeship
  • Electronics Apprenticeship
  • Software Developer Apprenticeship

They also offer apprenticeships throughout their business functions, including finance, marketing, and IT.

To land one of these positions you will need 5 GCSE’s at A*-C/9-4 including Maths, English and Science, as well as the demonstrable ability to follow instructions and work well under pressure.

Many of the above roles are now live on Redbull’s career site, with most closing at the end of March – so move quickly!

Red Bull Racing

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Yes
Recruitment Window: March (2019)
Requirements: 5 GCSE passes (A*-C/9-4)  + must-have Maths, English & Science.

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1.

Mercedes say that their greatest asset is their people. Luckily, they back up this claim by offering several early careers options, including apprenticeships.

There is no set recruitment window, as far as we can tell, with roles appearing throughout the year depending on function and type.

Current opportunities include a Composite Technician apprenticeship. Other roles are available throughout the year in both technical and operational areas of the business, so check back with their careers page regularly.

To grab one of these highly contested apprenticeships Mercedes are looking for a self-motivated team player. The perfect candidate must also have a willingness to learn and be able to meet tight deadlines.

Like other apprenticeships we’ve looked at in this guide, Mercedes want at least 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above, and these must include English, Maths and Science.

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Yes
Recruitment Window: TBC
Requirements: 5 GCSE passes + must-have Maths, English & Science.

Ferrari.

Ferrari is one of the world’s most prestigious and exciting vehicle manufacturers, committed to developing young people and their careers.

Competition for Ferrari’s motorsport apprenticeships scheme are incredibly fierce. In previous years, just 11 apprentices have been selected from over 1000 applicants.

With the odds stacked so high, it’s more important than ever to do your research and really understand what they are looking for in the perfect apprentice.

Ferrari are looking for young people with agile and logical minds wishing to combine those skills with a practical approach to working.

There are four paths available on the Ferrari North Europe Apprenticeship Programme.

These include:

  • Service and Repair Technician
  • Parts Advisor
  • Service Advisor
  • Body, Paint & MET Technician

There are no current vacancies for these positions at the moment. However, the course is delivered through partnership with Nottingham College, and you can sign up for vacancy alerts on their website here.

Ferrari

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Yes
Recruitment Window: TBC
Requirements: 5 GCSE passes

Renault Sport.

Historically Renault Sport has supported apprenticeships, delivering schemes regularly over the last few years.

At the moment, no information is currently available as for their plans in 2019. We will keep searching and updating this guide as soon as more information becomes available.

In the meantime, if you are interested in Renault and motor engineering you can apply for their dealer apprenticeship program, which has roles for service technicians and parts operatives. This is a fantastic way to learn the type of skills required to one day move into a motorsports career.

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Not yet announced
Recruitment Window: TBC
Requirements: TBC

Mclaren F1.

Another big player in F1, Mclaren’s career website states that they back apprentice programs. However, as of writing this guide no information or vacancies are currently available.

Mclaren jobs are added on a regular basis, so it is worth checking out their opportunities page for racing often.

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Not yet announced
Recruitment Window: TBC
Requirements: TBC

Racing Point F1.

Racing Point (commonly known as Force India), offer apprenticeships through a ‘three year hands on experience’ delivered by the National College for Motorsport.

There are few details available at the moment, but we do know that apprenticeships are on there way. The best place to keep up to date is through the National College of Motorsport website, where Racing Point’s apprenticeships will be announced.

We will, of course, update this guide as soon as new information arises.

Breakdown
Apprenticeships: Yes
Recruitment Window: TBC
Requirements: TBC

The chequered flag.

It’s time to take your place on the podium as that just about wraps up our lap around the world of Formula one apprenticeships.

Overall, the apprenticeship scene in F1 looks very promising, with many of the top teams offering early career options, helping young people to get jobs in F1 and ways for apprentices to get involved in motorsport.

We’ve also seen some good variety, from trackside assistance and motorsport engineering to business functions away from the track, like marketing and finance. In such a competitive market it’s impressive to see that everyone plays their part in the success of the team, at every level of the business.

Looking at all of the information currently available, the best F1 apprenticeships you can apply for right now are Redbull, Williams F1 and Mercedes. Although no other apprenticeships are currently open, many are confirmed and on the way soon, so check in with your favourite teams regularly!

In the mean time, why don’t you have a look at some other engineering and sports jobs via our excellent industry explorer?


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