Former Formula One mechanic Marc Priestley is coming to Cornwall College Camborne to help boost productivity and profitability in small engineering businesses.
Priestley, who was head mechanic at McLaren F1 and is now a TV presenter, will be talking about his career and how even small changes can make a huge difference.
The specialist conference for the engineering, manufacturing, technology and marine sectors, has been organised by engineering students from the HNC and Foundation Degree students at Cornwall College and will take place on January 22.
Priestley explained: “I’m really looking forward to the event in Cornwall, a place I’ve always wanted to visit helping SMEs to develop and to understand some of the ways in which Formula One teams are successful as businesses as well as sports teams, has played a more and more significant role in my work over the last few years.”
He was head mechanic at McLaren F1, spending ten years as a member of the pit crew, working with drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, David Coulthard and Fernando Alonso.
Amarjit Basi, the Cornwall College Group principal and CEO, added: “This event draws upon the excellent relationships the Cornwall College Group has with employers, schools, universities, local communities and learners in delivering our commitment to ‘Making Learning Work’.
“Our subject specialisms have been developed in partnership with employers to provide career-led pathways aimed at bridging the skills gap across the region.”