18-year-old Ilyas Ahmed, a student from Slough and Eton College, had the opportunity of a lifetime when Mosaic arranged for him to have a week of work experience at The McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), an experience most teenage F1 fans can only dream about!
Students from Slough and Eton school recently won Year 4 of the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.
Two races in to the 2013 Formula One season, on 8th April 2013, Ilyas started his life-changing week at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, working with the designers and race engineers who make the F1 spectacle possible. Summing up his emotions, Ilyas said on starting his first day: “Today is the start of the most important and exciting week of my life so far!” Adding to the theme, Mosaic’s National Director Jonathan Freeman added: “Mosaic is all about providing young people with the right opportunities for them to showcase their skills. We are so thrilled that we were able to match Ilyas with McLaren; it speaks volumes that Ilyas is now passionate about pursuing a career at the MTC!”
Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, said: “McLaren is proud to support an initiative that helps young people to realise their talents and potential. We hope that we have demonstrated to Ilyas that behind the glamour and excitement of the sporting contest, Formula 1 actually boasts some of the most advanced technology on the planet. Ilyas has proven himself as a hard-working and mature young man, and we hope that he will pursue one of the many exciting careers that modern engineering has to offer.”
During his 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. Ilyas commented: “Watching the race this week [Chinese grand prix 12-14 April 2013] was hugely different, because I know the effort that goes into producing every little part for the cars.”
Ilyas summarised his work experience: “All-in-all, this experience was one which I never thought of doing this early in my life. Initially it was all a dream, but a few individuals made it all possible. It was a intense, but I have truly enjoyed every second of it, hopefully it will not be the last time go there. I can happily say it was the best week of my life so far!”
Read Ilyas’ blog about his week at The McLaren Technology Centre
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