Desh Ramji

An engineering apprentice currently on furlough during the coronavirus lockdown is looking forward to getting back to work as the Formula 1 season finally gets underway. Desh Ramji, 24, from Kirby Mallory, is an apprentice engineer with Hinckley-based MP Engineering which works to supply precision parts to the Aston Martin Red Bull race team.

Desh, 24, from Kirkby Mallory, is following an advanced apprenticeship in mechanical manufacturing with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC). He spent three years working to achieve his qualification attending college on a day release basis and completing projects at work and in the evenings at home. He has already helped to produce parts for the Red Bull team and is pleased that the season is finally able to get underway.

Jason Poole, production director at MP Engineering said, “Formula 1 teams constantly call for modifications depending on the circuit, the driver and the performance of the car on each separate occasion. After each race, they send us new specifications for aero packages or suspension set-ups, and we need to respond to very short turnaround times with no margin for error.”

Desh had always been interested in cars and started his working life as a mechanic. He then secured a job with family-run MP Engineering and, after he completes his apprenticeship, will undergo in-house training to become a 5-axis programmer and, eventually, a production engineer.

MP Engineering provides precision engineering to the motorsport, aerospace, and defence sectors. The company has been working with the college for over five years to train engineering apprentices, enabling them to acquire high-level skills and secure exciting future careers in the industry.

Jason added, “Our apprentices are given every opportunity to progress to the highest level and could ultimately secure a career as a five-axis programmer. Junior production engineers following an apprenticeship work on producing specialised components for Formula 1 motorsport teams. They develop skills including computer-aided design and manufacturing and apply them across a range of live projects.”

Desh loves his job and really enjoys his time at college. He said, “Each individual project is a challenge and you’re learning something new every day. I also find it very rewarding when I have completed a task that contributes to the success of a big project. The college tutors are very supportive, and I would recommend an apprenticeship as a great route in to engineering.”

With MP Engineering taking their team to the British Grand Prix each year, the easing of lockdown cannot come soon enough for Desh and his colleagues, and he looks forward to following the fortunes of the Red Bull team.

 Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “I am delighted that Desh is enjoying his apprenticeship and that the easing of the lockdown is enabling his employer to re-start their operations. Desh is just one of many apprentices who get the chance to work in such exciting roles in industry. He has had a fantastic opportunity to work at the cutting edge of motorsport in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Apprenticeships like these take young people to the heart of the latest innovation and technology, providing them with a solid foundation for their future careers. We wish Desh and MP Engineering the very best as they start to get back up and running during this difficult time.”

NWSLC is continuing to recruit and place apprentices. To find out more, click here.