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Student puts engineering career into ‘pole position’, thanks to MIA scheme

As part of a unique scheme, organised by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), David Cullimore, together with five other students undertaking STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), have been specially chosen to meet and learn from the UK’s best high performance engineering businesses.

David (pictured) is 18 years old and aims to go to university to study engineering. As one of the MIA’s ‘Motorsport STEM Ambassadors’ for 2012, he spent several days in September with Drayson Racing Technologies, the Oxfordshire-based company developing the world’s fastest electric racing car.

A student at St Edwards School in Cheltenham, David said: "Becoming an MIA Motorsport STEM Ambassador is a huge achievement for me, considering the competition. This opportunity gave me the chance to talk to experienced engineers, which will, I know, really help my future engineering career.”

Chris Aylett, chief executive of the MIA, said: "Our ‘Motorsport STEM Ambassadors’ scheme helps to pick out the bright stars of tomorrow, giving them the chance to shine in front of UK businesses which could soon be their employers. We want to inspire young people to follow their dreams and become one of our nation’s world-beating engineers of the future.

To find out more about the MIA’s Motorsport STEM Ambassadors programme, please go to