When 18 year-old college pupil Ilyas Ahmed spent a week’s work experience at the exciting McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), arranged by Mosaic, he came away with a lifelong friend and mentor who recently gave-up his time to speak to Ilyas’ fellow university students.
Matthew Easton, a McLaren Formula 1 engineer was invited by Ilyas to attend Brunel University to give a lecture on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Imeche).
The pair met after Mosaic organised the once in a lifetime opportunity for Ilyas to attend McLaren for work experience. During the exciting week Ilyas worked across departments within McLaren Racing, finding out about the ultra high-technology that powers one of the most exciting and competitive sports in the world.
The experience stayed with Ilyas and the connection Mosaic fostered has developed ever since then. Matthew has mentored Ilyas and guided his academic career to help him on his road to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Formula One design engineer.
After Ilyas finished his exams at Slough and Eton College he turned to Matthew for academic advice on which university and courses he should apply for. Now as a student at the Middlesex-based Brunel University where he’s studying a degree in mechanical engineering and automotive design, he approached Matthew to come in and give a talk to his fellow students.
Following the successful talk attended by nearly 100 students, Ilyas said:
“It was great that Matt found the time to come in and the lecture was amazing and really well attended, everyone was very excited because Formula 1 is at the top of motor sports.
“If it wasn’t for Mosaic I wouldn’t have met Matt, who has been instrumental in mentoring and advising me on my future career path.”
Matthew, a Composite Design Engineer at McLaren Racing Ltd for fourteen years, said he’s acted as mentor to Ilyas because he is so enthusiastic and determined to succeed.
“Ilyas presented himself well when he came to McLaren on work experience and I saw something in him. It’s good to see how well he’s got on getting into university and studying engineering after coming here. A lot of work experience people just disappear and you never know if they have pursued their dream job or gone off to do something completely different.”
Nizam Uddin, Head of Communications at Mosaic commented:
“Ilyas’ story is a perfect example of how Mosaic fosters and nurtures young people. It is wonderful to see that Ilyas’ young life and potentially his career will be shaped by a Mosaic introduction and that is something we believe is tremendously important. We hope there will be many more stories to share like Ilyas.”