what is the RWEA

The Randstad Williams Engineering Academy, launched in 2015, is an innovative new e-learning scheme that sees Williams and Randstad mentor students coming out of the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge from across the world as they compete to secure a career as a Formula One engineer.

Each year, 10 students are selected from a pool of candidates competing in the F1 in Schools World Finals competition. F1 in Schools is a not for profit STEM competition that sees students design, build and race miniature racing cars.


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who can apply?

The Randstad Williams Engineering Academy works with F1 in Schools as the primary selection mechanism. Applications are open to anyone aged 16 to 18 who is competing at the F1 in School World Finals each year.

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F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools is an international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition for school children (aged 11–16), in which groups of 3–6 students have to design and manufacture a miniature "car" out of the official F1 Model.

The competition is currently operational in over 40 different countries. The competition's aim is to introduce younger people to engineering in a more fun environment. The competition is held annually, with Regional and National Finals. The overall winners of the National Finals are invited to compete at the World Finals, which are held at a different location each year.

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Randstad Williams Engineering Academy

Randstad’s role in the academy

Randstad will be using its global presence and extensive experience of global education systems and vocational skills training to help Williams Martini Racing in the ongoing assessment of the students and will provide practical careers advice and work experience opportunities in their respective home countries.

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Randstad CEO Jacques van den Broek: "We are very excited to have the first students join the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy. Scarcity in STEM profiles is a worldwide issue. Involving a new generation at such an early stage in their academic careers will be crucial to address the skills gap later on. The Academy illustrates our commitment in engineering recruitment and training, and it deepens our partnership with Williams."

Class of 2016

Following both written submissions and group exercises, nine students made it into the Class of 2016. They demonstrated the passion, commitment and raw skills needed to join the program.

Katelyn Chelberg, student: “The challenges we were set were fun and required a lot of out of the box thinking. Through F1 in Schools I’ve been thinking more and more about career opportunities in Formula One and aerodynamics in particular, and now I have this great chance to learn from and be part of a top team like Williams.”

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Class of 2015

Having completed the inaugural year of the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy, these are the students from the Class of 2015 that have successfully made it through to the second year of the program.

Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer at Williams: “We have been extremely impressed by the caliber of the students and the dedication they have shown over the past twelve months. Their progress, both personally and educationally, has been astonishing." 

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