My three-day placement with the Red Bull Formula One team began with a grand tour of the factory which included seeing the complexities involved in the process of producing the F1 race car. The people at Red Bull made me feel so welcome and extremely comfortable in the working environment.
Then began the real work. My work buddy, Dave Cole, and I, would be designing and constructing a steering wheel over the next few days.
I had a fantastic first day - it was clear to see that Red Bull were very well prepared for my placement, having carried out an in-depth risk assessment a few weeks before. On top of all of this, the people at Red Bull were fantastic and made me feel at home in the busy environment.
As well as completing the steering wheel during my placement, I was privileged enough to have my photo taken next to the car in which the famous F1 race driver Sebastian Vettel won four world championship in a row. This was the icing on the cake.
Other activities included a tour of the area of the factory where they test different components and effectively pass or fail these depending on the outcomes. I also created a display stand for my steering wheel, and a 60% scale model of an F1 helmet.
Overall the placement was a terrific experience. I would just like to thank Whizz-Kidz for this incredible opportunity and also all the amazing people at Red Bull for having me and making me so welcome. Special thanks must go to Dave Cole not only for supporting me for the duration of the placement but also for fighting my corner in terms of getting the work placement approved and established in the first place.
After the placement I attended a Whizz-Kidz photo shoot at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham. There was a great deal of interest in how the placement had gone for me and I was happy to regale everyone with my experiences at Red Bull. Somebody asked me "Do you want to work for Red Bull now then?" and my answer was "I don't think I have the necessary engineering expertise and skill to work for Red Bull but if I could find a job with people who have the same friendly nature and attitude towards disability as the people at Red Bull, I would be the happiest man on earth".