WHAT WE OFFER
As part of the Company’s on-going commitment to the importance of Schools, Colleges and Universities in supplying the talented artisans, technicians, engineers and business support staff to the Formula One industry in the future, we operate an Apprenticeship scheme, work experience and student placement programme. The purpose of work experience and student placements is to encourage further study and careers in stem subjects Maths, Science, Engineering, Design and Information Technology, Media and Marketing. Our overall aim is to bring engineering and work related subjects to life, enthusing students about such subjects, and helping to equip them for their future careers, particularly in precision engineering environment such as ours. This is particularly important with the declining interest of students to pursue careers in precision engineering
Exciting opportunities are available based at our headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire. This is suited to enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for engineering, along with the confidence, belief and determination to succeed in a company that offers variety, interest and responsibility with great engineering prospects for the future.
As part of the training apprentices will, in addition to attending College, rotate throughout the Metallic and Composite Production areas of the business. Within a fast moving environment of diverse technical challenges, they will learn to interpret technical drawings and use a variety of materials and techniques, and will therefore develop a good range of hand crafting skills, as well as the ability to measure and fit components accurately. Ultimately, they will progress through the apprenticeship to take up roles within the Composites and Model Shop departments.
Applicants for both of the above positions should be committed to pursuing vocational qualifications in engineering and will receive support accordingly from the Company during the term of the apprenticeships. Applicants are expected to have a good standard of education at GCSE level including Maths and English at grade C or above and have good communication skills. A flexible attitude to work and hours is essential, as well as being a good team player.
Due to such high demand along with limited availability due to our company size, resources and racing commitments we are only able to accommodate a certain number of paid student placements each year. These numbers vary year on year dependent on resources. Students will work under the mentorship of an experienced team member, gaining significant experience, as well as invaluable information for final year dissertations / thesis. Along the way students will pick up a diverse range of new skills and competencies that can be universally applied in an environment that is constantly changing.
Throughout the duration of the placement, the student will have regular performance evaluations with the nominated manager to aid professional and personal development. The Company’s informal working culture will also allow the student to network with the full spectrum of people working within the team. Only students taking part in the student placement programmes can be accommodated in our Aerodynamics, Design, Test Facilities, Marketing and Media Departments. We do not offer any work experience or student placement opportunities on our Race or Test Teams. Typically we advertise these vacancies during the first University term the year before the industrial placement.
Due to our car-build commitments, work experience and short-term student placements are not available between October and April each year. Additionally, we are not able to accommodate work experience students for periods longer than one week.
"Taster Week" to secondary school students titled "Five days in the life of Williams." This programme can accommodate students and is designed to provide an insight into the diverse range of skills and occupations required by the Company to produce a Formula One racing car. This programme therefore is ideal in assisting students to make the right career, apprenticeships and/or future subject choices. This programme takes place at the end of July each year. Note: Due to the short term nature of both work experience placements and student placements we are unable to accept applications from candidates who do not have entitlement to live or work in the United Kingdom. It is also expected that the student or their family takes sole responsibility for making suitable travel and accommodation arrangements.