Mercedes Gets Helping Hand from Apprentices


Ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix, the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team got a helping hand from four of the German manufactures Apprentice of the Year winners.

Ben Allcorn and Ashley Donnithorne – Apprentice of the Year winners from the Passenger Car division of Mercedes, and Lan Dempsey and Dominic Drury, from the Commercial Car division, all spent a week with the team at Brackley, with Allcorn and Donnithorne shadowing the Research and Development, Race Support, and Build teams, learning about the W05 HYBRID’s gearbox assembly and hydraulics, whilst Dempsey and Drury spent time with the Inspection team and in the Wind Tunnel.

Angela Shepherd, Head of Training at Mercedes-Benz UK, commented: “We’re delighted our apprentices had the opportunity to experience a week at Brackley – a fitting reward for their hard work and dedication on the Apprenticeship Programme.”

All four of the apprentices met Mercedes’ Executive Director (Technical), Paddy Lowe, with Drury commenting: “The Parts Apprenticeship Programme doesn’t just provide you with the skills you need for the role but for your future career development within Mercedes-Benz. At Brackley, I felt like a valued member of the team in the run up to the race at the weekend.

“The Apprenticeship Programme provides such a great opportunity to work on high-end cars – it is a fantastic place for anyone to start their career because you are starting with the best.”