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Mulberry STEM Academy Scholars Graduation Celebration

Last month we celebrated the success of our Mulberry STEM Academy with a graduation ceremony for the third cohort of students.

The Mulberry STEM Academy is an innovative partnership between Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix and the Mulberry Schools Trust.

Launched in 2020 as part of our Accelerate 25 programme to become a more diverse and inclusive team, the STEM Academy focuses on innovation, motivation and education.

On Thursday, 8 February we recognised the achievement of the 107 Mulberry Schools Trust students who successfully completed the year-long extra-curricular programme, our third cohort to graduate.

The event was hosted at Mulberry UTC in East London for the students and their friends and families to celebrate their achievements, success and personal growth.

As part of the ceremony, the group watched video messages from Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton, and were joined in person at the graduation by our Chief Technical Officer James Allison, Human Resources’ Paul Mills, and Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Hiran Odedra.

The group were present to celebrate the joint commitment between MGP and Mulberry to supporting the talented students through and working to widen access and opportunities for careers in motorsport.

James Allison, Technical Director at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix, said: “It’s completely impossible to watch the ceremony and not be inspired by these bright, young adults brimming with ability and enthusiasm for the STEM programme that they’ve just completed. I look forward to everything that this cohort will bring as they make their way out into the world.”

Paul Mills, Human Resources at Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix said: Building relationships with organisations such as the Mulberry Schools Trust is hugely important for creating the aspiration to work in STEM and Formula One amongst talented students that may otherwise have never considered this as a possibility. The students on our joint STEM academy programme learn both technical topics and the high-performance behaviours that will help them to be successful in their STEM careers.”

Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust, said: “I’m so proud to see so many students graduating. It’s just been amazing to see how the programme has developed the students’ confidence and opened their eyes to what’s possible. With three cohorts of the STEM Academy having now graduated, we have developed an exciting pipeline of 200 talented students pursing STEM destinations into university and engineering.”

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