28 July 2016

A Northampton College student has been given the chance to impress bosses at F1 champions Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) having secured a week’s work experience for being crowned Student of the Year.

Mechanical engineering student Matthew Moore will get the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s brightest brains at HPP’s Brixworth base this summer, and will also be fast-tracked to their apprenticeship selection programme early next year.

He is the latest in a long line of Northampton College students to be selected to get a taste of life in the HPP team and will now have the platform to showcase his skills and potentially win a permanent role with the F1 giants, helping to develop the Power Units driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

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 Matthew on behalf of our Managing Director, Andy Cowell, and the team at HPP."

Matthew was put forward for the chance to work with Mercedes having won the Student of the Year award, for which he also received £500.

Tutor Neil Tobin said:

“I am delighted that Matthew has been given this opportunity. It is just reward for his hard work over the year and he has shown exceptional ability. He is bright, dedicated and committed to learning.

“We enjoy an excellent relationship with HPP and it is pleasing to see so many of our former students now excelling as part of a team that is the envy of the Formula 1 industry. Hopefully Matthew can now push on and become part of the team himself.”

Northampton College is one of the largest general further education colleges in the region with over 9,000 students and a turnover of over £28 million.