Apprenticeships with Renault Sport Racing F1
The Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship programme is based in Enstone, Oxfordshire. The company offers a number of exciting Apprenticeship roles as part of the Team. Working in Formula 1 is the ultimate dream for anyone interested in a career in the motor industry, and Renault has an enviable history of successful participation in the series.
Renault first entered Formula 1 on the 16th July 1977 at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with a car that introduced the concept of “turbocharging” to the world of motorsport. For the first five races, Renault chose circuits where the effects of turbo lag would not be a major disadvantage for the driver. This also meant these races were effectively test-sessions to validate the new turbocharging technology.
Renault’s first victory in Formula 1 came in its second full season of competition. Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the French Grand Prix in July 1979 by more than 14 seconds from the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux in the sister RS11. However, the duel between Villeneuve and Arnoux for the runner-up laurels would go down in motorsport folklore.
In 1986, Renault decided to concentrate its entire efforts into being an engine supplier to other F1 teams. In 1992, Nigel Mansell won the World Championship at the wheel of the legendary Williams-Renault. Renault returned to Formula 1 as a manufacturer in 2000. In 2005 and 2006, Renault won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships with Fernando Alonso winning back-to-back titles.
Renault also continues to supply engines to other teams in the Formula 1 paddock. As a result, Renault engines have won a total of 9 Driver’s World Championship titles and 160 race wins. This makes the French manufacturer the third most successful engine manufacturer in Formula 1 history.
Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship Programme
The Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship programme is delivered in conjunction with the TXM Academy where candidates receive a tailor-made training programme in their chosen discipline. The programme last for 3 years, with the opportunity to progress to permanent positions upon successful completion of your training.
The French manufacturer also offers a range of Apprenticeships and Graduate roles with both the Renault Sport Racing F1 team, and the Renault Cars and Renault Trucks operation:
Roles Available with Renault Sport Racing F1
In 2017, the Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship programme advertised for 10 vacancies across the following areas of the business, with roles starting in 2018:
- Paint Shop
- Sub Assembly
- Machine Shop (Aero and Main Factory)
Education Requirements for Renault Sport Racing F1
To apply for a place on the Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship programme, you will need to demonstrate the following qualifications:
- 5 GCSE grades A*-C including Maths and English, as well as Performing Operations and Engineering
Renault Sport Racing is based in the Cotswolds, so the company also expects you to have a driver’s licence and access to your own car.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Renault Sport Racing F1?
The Renault Sport Racing F1 Apprenticeship programme advertises vacancies in October, with a closing date in late November.
In 2017, the closing date for applications was Friday 24 November 2017.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre and interview at the Enstone factory in early December.