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Pirelli apprentice scheme



A student from Edinburgh University has been picked as the winner of a once in a lifetime opportunity to work as an apprentice with Pirelli – the official tyre supplier to Formula One - at its headquarters in Milan.


Students from round the world were given a task of indicating the word that best expresses the most significant value for their fufutre.  The texts, gathered through a social media campaign, were chosen by a jury that included three-time Formula One world champion Sebastien Vettel and renowned photographer Steve McCurry – who produced the 2013 Pirelli Calendar.


Pirelli received over 600 entries from 153 universities worldwide, of which 27 officially endorsed the project. Cambridge University and Edinburgh University endorsed the project in the UK.  The largest number of contributions came from Brazilian and Italian students, followed by Turkey, Egypt and the USA.


The nationalities of the winning students ranged from Ethiopia, Egypt, Romania, Brazil, Italy, Ireland and America. The 10 winning values were listed as: ‘honesty’, ‘switching point of view, ‘curiosity, ‘flexibility’, ‘simplicity, ‘fraternity’, ‘perseverance’, ‘empathy’, ‘humility’ and ‘innovation’.


These words, along with the reflections proposed by the students, will be published in the volumes of the Pirelli 2012 annual report and interpreted by the pencil of Liza Donnelly, one of the New Yorker’s most renowned artists.


The 10 winners will also receive two months paid work experience at Pirelli’s prestigious Milan headquarters, which includes the group’s main research and development centre, the Pirelli Foundation, which gathers and distributes the company’s historic and cultural legacy, and the Hangar Bicocca: a space dedicated to the production, exhibition and promotion of contemporary art.


Pirelli UK Managing Director, Dominic Sandivasci, commented: "The ‘Imagine the Future’ campaign generated a wealth of interest worldwide and it is fantastic to hear that a student from Edinburgh University has been chosen as one of the winners. Due to the current economic climate, it is increasingly difficult for students leaving university to walk into a job and hopefully our scheme will encourage other companies to start up similar initiatives. Our head office in Milan will give the students an interesting insight into working life and the vast number of areas where we employ our staff.  Congratulations to all 10 of our winners and we looking forward to welcoming our new apprentices on board over the next 12 months.”