Saturday, April 20, 2024

Beyond the classroom: Unleashing the power of real-world racing experience

Real world race experience cannot be taught in the classroom – it’s taught on the track!
The National Motorsport Academy has a rich history of delivering excellent opportunities to both students and employers.

Let’s face it, everyone who gets into motorsport knows it’s a highly exhilarating and fast-paced industry that captivates millions of individuals around the world. It offers thrilling experiences, global travel and a strong sense of teamwork. It’s no wonder that so many people decide to pursue a career within motorsport.

But how can you squeeze yourself into this competitive industry? That’s where we can help. Our online motorsport engineering courses prepare students for life in the fast lane. What’s our secret? Real-world racing experience!

We have a unique approach that truly sets us apart from other motorsport courses. Our 100% online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees ensure National Motorsport Academy students get hands-on, practical skills from anywhere in the world. Students can get this unbeatable experience either through:

  • Direct involvement with our very own NMA race team
  • Placements with esteemed race teams and series across the country

We take pride in going beyond conventional classroom education by immersing students in the heart of the racing world. Dr Kieran Reeves, Director of Motorsport, emphasises the crucial role that real-world experience has in preparing students for the fast-paced industry.

‘As qualified race engineers with extensive experience in GT race series, students are provided with unparalleled opportunities to gain ‘real-world’ race experience during live events. Working alongside our team, students dive into the exhilarating realm of race vehicles, from mechanical work to electrical diagnosis and data analysis.’

Students also develop essential time management skills required to meet tight deadlines for scrutineering and track assembly times. We believe that true learning occurs on and off the track, where students acquire hands-on experience that sets them apart.

‘Our students truly get hands-on experience when they join our race team,’ Dr Kieran Reeves elaborates. ‘Through this immersive approach, we ensure our students are well-equipped to become valued members of successful racing teams in their future careers.’

Our courses provide students with unparalleled flexibility, so they can pursue motorsport careers from anywhere in the world. Our Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) makes online teaching possible, as students get an immersive learning experience that exceeds traditional classroom boundaries. The VLS platform also offers a wealth of resources and even notifies students with exclusive motorsport opportunities nationwide. This breaks down the barriers of distance and empowers students to thrive in the motorsport industry no matter where they are based.

Boosting the next generation of engineers

Ben Auty, a recent NMA student, has benefited from one of our exclusive VLS opportunities. Before starting the BSc Motorsport Engineering, he had little experience within motorsport, but he did have a burning desire to succeed and achieve the highest levels.

After studying for a year, Ben decided to become self-employed with the intention of entering motorsport full time. Our tutors fully supported him with his goal. ‘NMA assisted me in writing a CV that would catch the eye of employers and supported me with advice whenever I needed it,’ comments Auty.

A student from the National Motorsport Academy working on a racecar

After completing a few modules, Ben felt ready for some real-world experience. He joined our race team for the opening round of the 2023 GT Cup and played a crucial role. ‘During race weekends there are certain situations you can’t simulate anywhere else,’ explains Auto. ‘It can go from being quite calm to being full on in the blink of an eye. Being with NMA for a GT Cup weekend, you can practice and hone those skills, knowing what to be doing and when. This means when you get an opportunity with another team later down the line, you’re ready to become a valued member.’

Perhaps Ben can predict the future, as shortly after the GT Cup experience he was approached by Patrick Watts Racing to assist them at the BRSCC Citroen C1 24-hour Race at short notice.

‘The National Motorsport Academy gave me the knowledge and confidence to be able to accept an exciting challenge on two days’ notice,’ highlights Ben. ‘The tutors are excellent when it comes to being there and giving the advice I need to hear.’

Helping employers find talent

Real race experience gives our NMA students the edge in a competitive industry, and employers recognise this quality. Employer, Kudu Motorsport witnessed first-hand the exceptional talent of our NMA students. We started working with Kudu during last year’s racing season, when we assisted Kudu with overcoming a significant staffing challenge.

‘Faced with a sudden shortage of skilled personnel, I knew that finding suitable replacements quickly was crucial to keep our racing operations running smoothly,’ says Ricardo Lapa, Owner at Kudu Motorsport. ‘I decided to advertise the vacant positions with the NMA and, within a day of posting the job openings, I received enthusiastic responses from numerous highly qualified engineers eager to step in and contribute to our racing team for the upcoming weekend.’

‘This year, I made the decision to bring on board another NMA student as a full-time member of our team. In the past, recruitment had been a challenging endeavour for me, due to our business’s remote location. This addition has not only bolstered our capabilities but also provided a sense of stability and consistency,’ continues Lapa.

Students from the National Motorsport Academy working trackside in a garage

‘The NMA’s ability to promptly address our immediate staffing needs and facilitate the recruitment of a qualified full-time member has allowed us to overcome unexpected obstacles and maintain our competitive edge. The service the NMA provides is invaluable, bridging the gap between aspiring professionals and businesses in need, which is particularly demanding for those of us operating in remote locations. I look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration in the future.’ 

Whether you’re seeking a path into motorsport or an employer in search of the brightest upcoming talent, visit the NMA website:

> Find your perfect candidate

> Start your path into motorsport today

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