Powering ahead

Friday 24 June 2016

Powering towards a great career, with the help of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP), is 17-year-old Oskar Kutyla.

Oskar, from Luton, has won the Engineering Student of the Year award at Bedford College and with it a cheque for £500, a signed certificate from HPP Managing Director Andy Cowell, a week’s work experience and a fast-track towards an apprenticeship assessment at the Formula One powertrain company in Brixworth, Northamptonshire.

He was presented with his prize by Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager at HPP, who explained that each year the company took on up to ten apprentices as machinists, assembly or test technicians. After the first year they progressed on to Higher National Certificates, with a view to developing them as engineers. The team at HPP benefits from great terms and conditions, working in the most competitive and high-tech environment in global motorsport.

A video shown to the students explained how HPP is at the forefront of modern engine design, including the Hybrid Energy Recovery System.                                                                                                              

Lee Walters said: “We want young people to step up and believe they can be good enough to be part of our World Class team.”

In addition to Oskar, three other students were presented with awards on the day by Bedford College’s Steve Croft. 

MaCaiah Holman, of Bedford, for Excellence in the Engineering Workshop

Luis Villar, of Bedford, for the Most Improved Engineering Student

Martin Edgson, of Toddington, for Excellence in Engineering.

Bedford College offers a range of real engineering courses from aeronautical, electrical, electronic, general and mechanical engineering. Students gain workshop experience and go on to some of the best engineering apprenticeships on offer in the UK. Join them via www.bedford.ac.uk

Bethany Coles, Personal Tutor, who organised the event said: “We very grateful to have the support of Mercedes AMG. Their involvement is an inspiration to our students who get an inside track into how to get a job with one of the best brands in engineering.”

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