Ambitious goals for Mercedes student of the year winner from Lincoln

A Lincoln College student has won a placement working with the team that designs and manufactures Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 racing engines.

Sam Cordwell, 17, from Market Rasen, was presented a Student of the Year award on June 14 for outstanding performances in his studies.

Along with being awarded one week’s work experience at Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) in Northamptonshire, Sam will automatically pass through to the assessment stages for the Advanced Apprenticeship programme in 2017. Sam also won £500 prize money.

Sam, who is currently studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Mechanical, Manufaturing and Motorsport Engineering, said, “I am very excited about the work experience and I hope that in the future my hard work may lead to a career with Mercedes AMG HPP. I have put a lot of effort in with my studies and it is amazing to be recognised.”

Lee Walters, Employee Development Manager at Mercedes AMG HPP, said, “It is critical for us to maintain a pipeline of talented apprentices into HPP as the future Engineering Technicians; in order to facilitate this, it is extremely important to have a close partnership with academia.”

Gavin Scott, Course Tutor at Lincoln College, added: “We work hard to prepare our students for the world of work and we have many great student success stories – including a number of students who have gone on to do highly sought-after apprenticeships at Mercedes AMG HPP.”