A group of Explorer Scouts got a behind-the-scenes look at how a Formula 1 racing team works.
The nine members of Pitsford Explorer Scout Unit were treated to a tour of the Sahara Force India Formula 1 team facility, which is next to Silverstone Race Circuit.
This was part of the group’s programme to show the Explorers some of the vocational opportunities that exist, especially as Northamptonshire is internationally recognised as a centre for advanced automotive and motor racing technology. The Explorers were shown the level of expertise required to compete at the highest level and had a look at the component testing facilities, the racing car simulator and the fabrication shop.
The racing team offers a varied range of careers including motor mechanic, electronics engineers, designers, marketing, PR and team management. Organisers said the trip was so inspiring that one Explorer said he would seriously consider a career in this field once he has completed his studies.
Explorer Scouts are aged 14 to 18 years old and are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of the unit, with support and guidance from leaders.
The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, in which young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections. They also take an active part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme
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