Government unveils motorsport academy plan for Silverstone
AN EDUCATIONAL partnership between Silverstone Circuit, the University of Northampton and Tresham College of Further and Higher Education has welcomed government plans to establish a University Technical College within the heart of Motorsport valley.
The Silverstone Academy aims to open by September 2013 and will allow up to 540 young people aged 14-19 to train for a career in motorsport and high-performance engineering or event management at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues.
University Technical Colleges provide technical education for students to learn in a practical way, integrating the national curriculum with technical and vocational elements leading on to higher level qualifications and apprenticeships.
Employers will have a major say in the college curriculum and provide work experience for the students.
The government-funded project will be developed in Silverstone, co-sponsored by The University of Northampton and led by Tresham.
The Silverstone Academy will be equipped to the highest standards to provide students with clear progression routes into higher education or further learning in technically based work.
The academy will be important for employment throughout the area, both in motorsport and associated industries such as events management.
South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Ledsom said: “Silverstone is the home of motorsport and high-performance engineering in the UK and the world. The University Technical College will give young people the chance to develop their skills within such specialist employment areas.
“Employability is profound in the area. The use of the circuit and the links with industry will provide young people with genuine hands-on experience that they can take with them into their careers.”
Richard Phillips, managing director for Silverstone Holdings, said: “It is vitally important that young people have the option to participate in good vocational education and I believe that by so doing, they can secure jobs in their chosen sectors. Tresham’s proposal is a shining example of this vision in action.”