Former NC4M Apprentice Makes Hobby His Career
Paul Walters, a former apprentice who studied at the National College for Motorsport at the world famous Silverstone Circuit from 2008-10 has already achieved the heights of his career goal and is expected to exceed his own expectations in the next few years.
Paul moved from Southampton to complete the Race Technician Apprenticeship and then the Advanced Race Technician Apprenticeship after working full time within the motor parts trade.
After completing his apprenticeship, Paul gained full time employment and now works in Germany for BMW Motorsport Team MTEK, racing in the DTM Category. He is classed as the Number 1 Mechanic for the Race Team and states that the National College for Motorsport gave him ‘the groundwork to an incredible career’.
“I chose to leave full time employment and study at the National College for Motorsport because I have always been interested in vehicle mechanics and tuning. This took up most of my spare time and with no solid career path I decided to follow my passion and make it my career.”
“The best thing about having studied at the National College for Motorsport is the support I always had from tutors. In this field a lot of people are at different stages of learning and tutors structure lessons in a way that caters for these varied levels of experience. They are always there to guide students in a way to suits each learning style and are constantly helping them get their first step into the Motorsport industry.”
“The knowledge I gained at the NC4M and the help I was given to gain my first job in the motorsport industry is so crucial in this high level career path. I am still in contact with my tutors, who are happy to offer advice or just catch up on my progress. Their dedication is 100%!
After reaching his career goal as Number 1 Mechanic for BMW Motorsport, Paul is now looking towards Formula 1 at some stage but is in no hurry to leave DTM.
Paul would offer the following advice to anyone interested in studying for a career in Motorsport:
“Push! I started with no experience in Motorsport, I wasn’t involved in Karting from a young age but I have a passion which I found in vehicle mechanics. I made a deal with myself that I would give 110% until I got to my goal. I’ve got to my goal by working hard and pushing myself to be better than the best I could be.
Listen to tutors, learn detail from an early stage, work tidily, adhere to procedures and health and safety, go beyond your requirements, present yourself professionally and be committed to your work.”