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Be part of  The National College for Motorsport

Not only will you be based in the heart of UK Motorsport at the Silverstone Circuit, but you will also have the opportunity to join an intensely practical course delivered by former professional race mechanics learning about current race vehicle preparation techniques.

Mark Godwin National College for Motorsport
Motorsport Work Based Assessor/Advisor

Mark Godwin

Job Role: Identifying and liaising with potential apprentice employers, assisting students to find suitable apprenticeships, assessing and reviewing apprentices in the workplace

History: I trained as a race engine builder, progressing to building engines for F1, IndyCar, F3000 and World Sports Cars teams. I started and owned two championship winning race teams spanning a period of 15 years in Formula Ford, BMW, Renault and F4. I have also worked as a team manager, race engineer and driver management consultant for a number of prominent teams and drivers. I competed in rallying and circuit racing in my youth! Having worked in the industry for many years in a variety of different roles, I felt it was the right time to give something back to the new generation of mechanics, which hopefully share the same passion for the sport that I do.

The best thing about working at NC4M: Being able to work with learners and share my knowledge and skills to help them develop. Also working as part of a small team of dedicated people with one common goal.

Michael Herbert National College for Motorsport
Motorsport Workshop Facilitator

Michael Herbert

Job Role: Teaching level 2 & 3 students every aspect of the practical side of the Motorsport industry.

History: I started in the industry at the age of 18 as a mechanic for a motorcycle race team which competed in  endurance racing. My engineering background then allowed me to move into building sprint cars and ‘one-offs’. After this I started and co-owned my own race team. In my time I have worked on, or in; Formula Ford (Kent & Slicks and Wings ), Formula 4, British F3, TVR Tuscan, TVR Car Club, World Endurance, British GT, Ferrari Challenge Cup, F1 Williams Show Cars, Formula Renault ( British and European ), Radical ( SR3 & SR8 ), Porsche Carrera Cup and World Touring Car.

Interests and Hobbies: I still have a keen interest in motorcycles and also like to keep fit.

The best thing about working at NC4M: Having the chance to pass on the skills I have acquired over the years to a younger generation of race mechanics. Seeing them in the pit lane, or on TV, makes me very proud of being a part of their first steps in the industry.

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Motorsport Tutor

Mark Woolford

Job Role: Tutoring students in all aspects of the motorsport industry, providing them with knowledge to progress into apprenticeships within the sport.

History: I have been involved in motorsport in one way or another from the age of 13. I started my apprenticeship with March Engineering in the early 80s as a Fabricator building F3, F2, F3000, GTP and Indy Race Cars. Other companies that I have worked for include Nissan Motorsport Europe, McLaren and Williams working on vehicles such as FF1600, f3, World Rally, Touring Cars, Historic F1, Group C and Hybrid f1Race Cars. My roles have included Fabrication and Machine Shop Manager, Traveling Fabricator, Support Team Logistics and Bodywork, QA & Special Projects Manager.

Interests and Hobbies: Other than motorsport, I also enjoy rugby, music, food and keeping fit, but not necessarily in that order!

The best thing about working at NC4M: Being able to tutor students, giving them the knowledge and enthusiasm for a sport that I love, and hopefully helping them to progress into an apprenticeship.

Justin Downard National College for Motorsport
Motorsport Lecturer

Justin Downard

Job Role: I teach units within the technical certificates and assessing work based learners.  I also support the progression of students into apprenticeships with race teams.

History: I started as rally mechanic with Nissan Motorsport Europe before progressing to Formula One with Team Lotus as a travelling sub- assembly mechanic. I also spent several years as a Number 1 Mechanic in the British Touring Car Championship with Vauxhall, Nissan and Williams Renault before joining Reynard’s on the 2KQ Sports Car project and Indy Car build.

Interests and Hobbies: Football, Golf and Cricket.

The best thing about working at NC4M: My reason for working in education was to try to give young people the start they need to work in the Motorsport industry.

Jim Harrod National College for Motorsport
Motorsport Manager

Jim Harrod

Job Role: I manage the staff and the facilities at the National College for Motorsport. I ensure that the curriculum delivery supports the requirements of the motorsport industry and our students. I also manage and support the progression of students into apprenticeships with race teams.

History: I started as race mechanic with Damon Hill in Formula Ford before progressing to Formula One with Brabham, Arrows and Williams as Mechanic/Chief Mechanic. I also spent several years in the British Touring Car Championship with Vauxhall, Nissan and Williams Renault. In 2000 I was training manager with Jim Russell Racing Drivers School on the UK’s first Race Mechanics training programme before moving to Tresham College. In 2003 the National College for Motorsport through Tresham became the first College in the UK to achieve “Centre of Vocational Excellence” for motorsport status.

Interests and Hobbies: Shooting, Sailing and Game keeping (although Game Keeping seems to be more than just a hobby.)

The best thing about working at NC4M: My reason for working in education was to try to give young people the chance to follow a career that provided me with such fantastic experiences over the years. I find it immensely satisfying to see our students progressing from our full time courses in apprenticeships with race teams, and on to great things.