The College of West Anglia
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Student Motorsport are proud to welcome The College of West Anglia to our website. This was the very first college that we collaborated with to bring opportunities to our members, students, graduates and aspiring automotive and motorsport professionals.
What they do…
With over 4,000 full-time students The College of West Anglia is one of the largest providers of education and training in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire with an exceptional track record of developing the skills and talents of their students. This is achieved through a combination of great teaching by a team of highly-trained, industry experienced staff and excellent facilities designed to prepare students for employment and further study.
In June 2011 David Coulthard said that Britain is the centre of the motorsport universe and that “there is so much history, heritage and success here and we need to keep feeding that.” He wasn’t just talking about Formula 1, but recognised all forms and all levels of motorsport and the fact that it is in an industry worth £4billion to Britain. The team at CWA embraces the British tradition of motorsport and has its own race team, based at their Wisbech campus, which in the past has competed in the Avon Tyres Formula Ford series, Track Day Trophy, Super Cooper Cup and most recently the Mini Challenge. In addition to driving the car, the staff and students take full responsibility for all aspects of running a race team, including the development and engineering of the car and the logistical and commercial aspects.
Their motorsport courses offers a comprehensive grounding in theoretical and practical aspects of motorsport vehicle repair. This includes aspects of customer care and health and safety as well as the vocational aspects related to engines, electrical units, chassis units and transmission units. Bodywork options are also available. 50% of learning outcomes and assessments are workshop-based activities. We hope our Student Motorsport page will give you an insight into the activities and racing that the students/team undertake at The College of West Anglia.
How we’re working together…
Student Motorsport has the pleasure of working with and has received support from The College of West Anglia since 2011.
The college developed a relationship with the founder of Student Motorsport though their Motorsport Department, and from there we decided to pilot and develop our first student undergraduate experience project with the college.
Since 2011 many students from CWA have been selected to take part in our experience projects. Recommendations from their motorsport tutors has started the first steps to many motorsport students careers in the industry. We're thrilled to have been working with the college since 2011 right back in our companies infancy. We are in regular contact with the college and their motorsport department to monitor the progress of our previous and current candidates and discuss the suitability of new ones.
We carefully select student and graduate candidates for experience projects and recruitment based services on several factors in a step by step process. We do this to ensure the suitability of the experience project or job placement and company we are to place them with. We look carefully at areas such as their efforts in college, success with and timeliness of theory work, ability and involvement with practical activities and their race team and other important qualities employers look for such as attitude to work, punctuality and work ethic.
Many successful candidates have been placed in various race teams in different roles over the last five years and we are pleased to have seen students graduate and secure work in the motorsport industry.
You can take a look at some of the successes in our Projects Area, and no less than half of the students in 2016 cohort were provided work experience placements which have led to jobs from the support of Student Motorsport.
A word from them…
"I'm personally thrilled that our college is working with Student Motorsport, together we're focused on making a positive impact on the future motorsport careers of many individuals. We're continually working hard to make a difference for students and young people entering into the motorsport industry."
Steve Lowery, Head of Faculty Technology.