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Williams Racing - Composites Apprentice - R8647

Williams’ core competencies are the design and development of racing cars to compete in the Formula One World Championship. As one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation in 1977 and is now moving into an exciting era under new ownership defined by relentless innovation and living sustainable performance in every dimension.

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Vacancy location WR - Grove, Oxfordshire
Training location OAS - Culham
Working week Full time hours
Expected duration 48 months
Closing date 10 March 2024

As a Composites Apprentice within Williams, you will be given the opportunity to learn a variety of skills within the Composites manufacturing department, Laminating, Mould manufacturing, Trimming, fitting & Bonding of F1 components, repair work and the use of jigs & fixtures.

This is a 4-year Apprenticeship where you will attend OAS in Culham in which you will graduate as an Engineering Technician. You can find out more information about OAS over at: .

As part of your first-year training, you will attend OAS full time with some keep in touch days held here at Williams. At the end of your first year at college you will then return and do block release to attend college, at this stage in some areas you will be expected to become part of the teams shift pattern which we will give you more information about in the interview process.

Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship, you will receive ongoing structured support, which will include regular performance evaluations with the training officer to aid professional and personal feedback on your development. Successful applicants will be able to communicate effectively, have a positive attitude to work and a mature outlook. A flexible attitude towards work and hours is essential, as well as being a good team player.

Operational Duties & Key Objectives:

Being technically knowledgeable about Formula One and the rules and regulations.
Communicating and liaising with all other departments within Williams.
Ensuring the department has the tools and equipment to complete all tasks to a high standard.
Ensuring the department presentation is to the standard of a world class facility.
Creating a ‘safe’, positive, and supportive working environment.
Carry out the core apprenticeship objectives within the workplace.
Main Duties:

Year 1: You will attend Williams Racing at certain times throughout the year, including college holiday periods. You will be hands on, assisting within the department, working alongside the composites service team preparing kits, moulds & patterns and insert preparation for use on current F1 projects.

Year 2: You will expand your knowledge, learning a wide range of skills and techniques such as Mould making, laminating and the trimming & fitting of composite parts all whilst in a training environment. You will be set tasks and phase tests in line with your NVQ requirements which will be assessed at regular intervals over the year. Alongside this you will be involved with manufacturing current F1 components whist adhering to our work orders and timing plans.

Year 3: You will be exposed to the manufacturing environment where you will gain hands on experience whist manufacturing F1 car components both unaided and alongside the department’s mentors and or training officer and continuing with work towards your NVQ obligations. This term will also provide a period within the inspection department with training on the Romer portable measuring arm.

Year 4: You will continue to work within the composites department working towards manufacturing our class ‘A’ components both unaided and alongside the department’s mentors., whilst working towards the completion of all your NVQ obligations and end point assessment.

Over the 4 years you will gain knowledge and become competent in the following disciplines:

Mould manufacturing
Core fitting
Surface preparation and bonding
Fitting components
Use of jigs & fixtures
Manual inspection
All production procedures
Brand Management

Maintain high standard of staff, department, and test rig presentation, as appropriate for a showcase facility visited by potential sponsors and other VIPs.
People Development & Talent Acquisition

Responsible for the behaviour, conduct and wellbeing of team members when contributing to group projects to ensure the Company is presented in a professional manner.
Identify ways to continuously improve department and personal performance.

Encourage positive relationships with other departments driving a spirit of teamwork and continuous improvement.
Be a positive role model and ambassador for the department and strive to build a strong working relationship with colleagues in other departments and at the track.
Health & Safety

To ensure that you are aware of risk assessments that are in place for the Machine Shop environment to include enforcing the wearing of PPE along with any safety measures that are required as a result of risk assessments.
Ensure the reporting of any incidents, including near misses in a timely manner.
Always ensure that you take care of your health and safety and that of others by complying with health and safety obligations, particularly by reporting promptly any defects, risks or potential hazards. Ensuring that all employees are aware of and comply with the Company Health and safety requirements and policy.
This job description is not exhaustive or exclusive to Formula 1, and the job holder will be required to carry out from time-to-time tasks in addition to the above that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities.

Closing date is Sunday 10th March 2024.

What can Williams offer?

The Williams Group is based in multi acre complex located in Grove, Oxfordshire. The Williams Group offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on site and various car schemes. We have an on-site gym (open 24 hours a day) as well as various fitness classes including outdoors bootcamps, pilates and yoga free for all staff and contractors to use. Aside from these benefits we can offer free onsite parking and large open green spaces to unwind during breaks. We are a based just 30 mins from Oxford City Centre by bus.

Williams is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments

More about Williams

114 race victories in Formula 1, nine times Formula 1 Constructors’ Champion, seven times Formula 1 World Drivers Champions and the only team to have won in F1, 24h Le Mans and British Touring Cars. A proven track record that sets Williams Racing apart from the competition.

Williams Racing is the only truly independent Formula 1 Team. Since its inception in the 1970’s, Williams’ pioneering spirit has enabled the development of cutting edge technology and sustainable performance.

Our unique character, combined with a deep passion for racing and future-oriented thinking, has created the very essence of our company.

Our mission is to win races and, in doing so, establish an authentic racing and lifestyle brand.

Pure efficiency and the determination to win are key components of our DNA and its overriding purpose. And it’s not only about being victorious on the race track. It is the essential mindset to remain competitive and to achieve success in everything we do.

Williams' people are its most important asset. Our team operates at a high standard to ensure success. Today Williams employs over 750 passionate individuals at a 40ha technology campus based in the heart of the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ in rural Oxfordshire.

Our commitment to support the next generation of innovators and winners, gives us the opportunity to be ready for every challenge we face. Our internal values of Performance, Accountability, Passion, Authenticity, Openness and Teamwork underline everything we do.

Together we are successful. Together we win. We are Williams.