Trafford College Electrical Engineering Student, Feven Zeray, is on track and racing full throttle towards a career with the Mercedes Formula 1 Team.
Feven, 26, from Moston was crowned ‘Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) Student of the Year’ at the College’s Centre for Science and Technology recently for the fourth year of the competition, as part of the College’s ongoing partnership with HPP in Northamptonshire. The initiative gives top performing students the opportunity to apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship with HPP, the organisation which designs, develops and manufactures the Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines and hybrid systems.
Oliver Skelland, a former BTEC Engineering student, was the first student to be chosen as outright winner by his tutors in the first year of the competition, and has since gone on to secure a highly sought after apprenticeship programme with ‘Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP).
Hoping to follow in his footsteps, mum of one, Feven, has now scooped the incredible prize of a guaranteed work placement at an HPP assessment centre, £500 and a signed certificate from Andy Cowell, Managing Director. Her hard work and dedication over the last year, which saw her praised for her attendance, punctuality and performance throughout the programme, has also earned her a guaranteed interview with HPP for a place on their highly sought after Apprenticeship scheme.
Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager for HPP, who presented Feven with her award commented: “It is critical for us to maintain a pipeline of talented students into our apprenticeship into HPP; these students are our future Engineering Technicians; in order to facilitate this, it is extremely important to have a close partnership with academia.
“Having the opportunity to win this award is the first stepping stone to fantastic engineering opportunities in Mercedes AMG HPP and in Formula 1 as a whole.”
Steve Jones, Director of Learning for STEM added, “Engineering and technology is at the heart of everything we do. As a College it’s important for us to develop relationships with world-class companies like HPP to give our students the best opportunities to progress into high profile careers.
This has been a great opportunity for the students involved and we are very grateful to HPP for involving us. The prize of £500 plus work experience, and a guaranteed interview, is such a fantastic opportunity for our winning student. It’s not just about the prize though, it’s about the seal of approval that HPP lends to this curriculum area.”
Feven said of her victory, “I’m really surprised and happy to have won today, and I’m really grateful for the support I’ve received. This is such a great opportunity; I’ve always been fascinated by engineering and I’ll definitely be applying for the apprenticeship with Mercedes! I ultimately want to work in aerpospace engineering.”