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All you need to know about F1 apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice in Formula1.

"Get on the starting grid with an f1 apprenticeship" F1 Apprenticeships offer you a great opportunity to enter the world of Formula One. If you are a piston head or just love the sport and want an opportunity to get involved with one of the greatest racing sports in the world then starting an apprenticeship in F1 is your first steps.

If you grew up watching the F1 qualifying rounds and then the race on Grand Prix day and dreamt of working in Formula 1, an opportunity to travel the world as a pit technician or aeronautical engineer then starting an Apprenticeship in F1 is the best solution to get you on the starting grid.

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Get your career on the right track with an Apprenticeship in F1

Make sure you are in pole position to secure yourself a podium place with an F1 Apprenticeships to secure a successful career in the worlds leading motorsport industry.

All Formula 1 companies across the UK offer apprenticeships from intermediate to degree level apprenticeships so they can transfer valuable knowledge and skills to the next generation of engineers and technicians to make sure they keep their success story going and also secure their podium positions and win the constructors championships.

What types of apprenticeships are there in F1?

There are numerous types of apprenticeship job opportunities in formula 1, whether you have industry experience or not, F1 is a great industry to carve out a successful career especially if you love cars and motorsport. 

Some of the apprenticeships available in F1 aren't open for everyone due to the specialist sector they are in an may require individual to have some industry experience in areas such as design or software engineering. However there are plenty of entry levels apprenticeships to be able to kickstart your formula one journey, we've highlighted below a number of apprenticeships in F1 that are available through out the year.

  • CAD Technicians
  • Engineers - Composites & Electronics
  • Mechanics
  • CNC Machinists
  • Guid Technicians
  • Assembly Technicians
  • Software Engineers

Is there a specific time I would need to apply for an apprenticeship in F1?

It is no secret that the formula one season requires teams to travel the world and set up camp in over 20 different countries ending in Abu Dhabi each year. The F1 season starts in March each year and finishes in December, so you might be thinking you won't have an opportunity to apply for an apprenticeship during these periods, however apprenticeships with F1 Teams are often available through out the year as they are constantly designing new cars for the year ahead.

So while the race team are out and about behind the scenes a new car if being developed using the testing performance data from the current cars.

Will I get to travel with an Apprenticeship in F1?

We would love to say yes but there is no guarantee that during your F1 Apprenticeship you will be traveling, the opportunity would be far greater then most other apprenticeships available in the UK.

Depending on your chosen discipline within F1 that you take your apprenticeship in we would say the likelihood of travel in the future would be increased after your apprenticeship has been completed and you are able to advance your career to working more closely with the race team.

F1 Apprenticeships UK

Become an Apprentice
Register as an Apprentice! Get your career off to the right start by registering to become an apprentice on the UK's leading website for apprenticeship jobs.

Once you have registered you can find and apply for apprenticeships at the click of a button and set your goals on that finish line by creating an apprenticeships job alerts to put you in pole position and kickstart your career as an F1 Apprentice.

Apprenticeship Levels

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships are your entry level into the world of apprenticeships more commonly known as a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Level 2 apprenticeships offer an excellent route into further education post 16, as an alternative to staying on at school, whilst receiving on the job training and studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

During your intermediate apprenticeship you will study part-time with a college or a training provider, 20% of your training, towards an NVQ Level 2 and knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC, together these qualifications are the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grades 9 - 4 (A* - C on the old grading system). You will also receive a Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if you don't already have them.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is great for learning work related skills as apposed to being given more responsibility. This level of training will make you work ready and train you in the hands on skills required to undertake the responsibility of the task and give you the employability skills you need to be successful.

Qualifying Criteria

There is no formal qualifying criteria for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship however some employers may ask for a minimum of 2 GCSE's to be able to join their apprenticeship programme.


Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships or commonly known as Level 3 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to doing 2 A-Levels and are the next level from an intermediate apprenticeship. Level 3 apprenticeships are great for you to start once you have completed your GCSE's and have attained the correct grades to be able to start at this level.

Starting at the advanced level even if you already have A-levels enables you to gain on the training, of which some employers prefer you to have before starting a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.

Just like an intermediate apprenticeship you will be required to spend at least 20% of your time studying with a college or training provider to be able to achieve the qualifications. On completion of you r apprenticeship you will achieve the equivalent of 2 A-Levels in the form of an NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge based qualifications such as a BTEC diploma.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship many employers ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's which must include Maths and English, this is why an intermediate apprenticeships gives you these qualifications on completion. Although an advanced apprenticeships is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels some employers may add A-Levels as their requirement at this level also.

Find companies advertising advanced apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships are your Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and enable you to study towards a HNC or HND respectively whilst at Level 5 you can also attain a foundation degree which is great if you want to continue in your studies towards a bachelors degree.

During your higher apprenticeship training you will be required to studying part-time with a training provider, college or university which along with your on the job training will enable you to train towards a Level 4 or 5 NVQ and BTEC diploma along with their respective HNC or HND qualification. Higher apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

As a higher apprentice you will be given a lot more responsibility which may include managing people or teams or even responsible for managing projects. You will be supported by your employer along side your mentors and tutors making sure to advise and guide you along the way during your apprenticeship programme.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a higher apprenticeship you will need to have achieved and completed at least a Level 3 Apprenticeship or have 5 GCSE's grades 9-4 which must include Maths and English and 2 A-Levels.

Find companies advertising higher apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships were introduced in September 2015 and have been receive with open arms both by employers and apprentices alike. Also known as Level 6 or 7 apprenticeships the degree level apprenticeship enables you to study towards a Bachelors or Masters degree.

You can start a degree apprenticeships straight after your advanced apprenticeship level or alternatively if you want to gain more on the job training before the Level 6 programme you can overlap from a higher apprenticeship programme. Many employers are now partnering with leading universities across the country to offer degree level apprenticeships to help advance your learning opportunities.

Just like studying at university a degree level apprenticeship takes between 3 to 6 years to complete you will achieve this by on the job training with your employer and training provider and then part-time study at the designated university for your apprenticeship course.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a degree apprenticeship you will need to have at least Level 3 qualifications of 2 A-Levels, NVQ and BTEC or have completely the advanced apprenticeship. Level 6 and 7 are also a natural progression from a higher apprenticeship.

Find companies advertising degree apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Frequently asked Questions about F1 Apprenticeships

Where can I find an apprenticeship in formula 1?

Use our quick and easy search function to find an apprenticeship in Formula 1 then register to become an apprentice.

Do I have to have previous experience to start an F1 apprenticeship?

No. The best thing about the Intermediate Apprenticeship route is they offer new entrants the opportunity to be able to learn on the job with no prior experience.

From the start you would not be designing any new aerodynamic components for a formula 1 car but you will start to gain the training and knowledge required in your chosen field to be able to develop a lasting career in F1.

Who are the best F1 teams to work for?

There is no best F1 team to work, unless you include the constructors champions as the best, all F1 Teams are just as important as each other when it comes to you selecting your career options, but also location has a critical part to play also.

Red Bull Racing for instance are based in Milton Keynes and have great facilities for learners and Williams F1 are based in Oxfordshire.

How much do F1 Apprentices earn?

The pay for apprentices in Formula 1 varies from one F1 Team to another. The minimum pay requirement is £4.15 per hour, however the average pay for apprentice across all industries ranges between £15,000 - £20,000 per year.

Can I do a racing driver apprenticeship?

As far as we are aware there is currently no apprenticeship available to become a formula 1 racing driver.

How long do F1 apprenticeships take to complete?

Apprenticeships take between 12 month to 4 years which is dependant on the level of apprenticeship and subject you are studying. By rule of thumb the lower the level of apprenticeship the quicker it takes to complete, some Intermediate Apprenticeships start at twelve months and some are 18 months for instance.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a form of further education which offers on the job training for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst studying part-time with an apprenticeship training provider, college or university through workshops or classroom training.

Apprenticeship training has to be delivered by a registered apprenticeship training provider which can also be an employer-provider, where the employer you are training through are on the register of training providers to be able to deliver their own training requirements. If an employer acts as an employer-provider they will usually employ a number of people such as Apprenticeship Assessors, Mentors and Managers to support you through your apprenticeship programme.

During your apprenticeship you will receive a salary and all the other benefits permanent employees receive. An apprenticeship job is only for a specified time as stipulated at the beginning of your apprenticeship training which can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.

To find our more about apprenticeships please refer to our What is an Apprenticeship? guide.

Why should you start an apprenticeship?

If you are considering your post 16 options you probably wouldn't have considered an apprenticeship a few years ago and would be struggling or worrying what to do when you leave school. It is a legal requirement for you to now stay in some form of further education until the age of 18 and you now have three options A-Levels, College or an Apprenticeship.

You can start an apprenticeship at the age of 16 through the Intermediate or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes across many industry sectors from Construction, Technology or even Marketing. There are no entry requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship, however you will need at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 (previously C grade) or above to qualify for the advanced apprenticeship. On completion of the intermediate you will gain the qualifying criteria for a level 3.

The best reason for starting an apprenticeship is on completion of each level you will receive a nationally recognised qualification from an NVQ all the way up to a degree level apprenticeship such as a Bachelors or Masters.


How can you become an apprentice?

There are a number of ways to become an apprentice so we thought we would list them for you:

  • Register with websites like ourselves, there are others available.
  • Apprenticeship Job Fairs are great for meeting employers and training providers.
  • Contact training providers in your area, a simple Google search "Training providers near me" will give you the information you need.
  • Contact your local colleges or universities or visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training.
  • UCAS promote apprenticeship opportunities on their website on behalf of employers.

and finally......

  • Do some research on apprenticeships and find a topic or industry that you would like to start an apprenticeship in and then research local companies in those sectors and visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training and apply directly with them.



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