Apprentices take first place at Colchester Soapbox Rally

A team of our talented apprentices working at leading automotive company TECNIQ claimed first place in the debut Colchester Soapbox Rally on Saturday 22nd September.

The exciting new event, held on Colchester’s High Street, drew over 50 homemade soapbox racers. Teams launched their creations down a 300m course complete with obstacles like a foam “Kart Wash” and hay bale slalom.

The apprentices applied their developing engineering skills to design and build the sleek soapbox racer. Throughout the process, they collaborated with experts across TECNIQ to test and refine their ideas; from fabrication and engineering, to purchasing and marketing.

A soapbox kart races down the hay bale track at the Colchester Soapbox Rally

“We are hugely proud of our apprentices who have designed, developed and tested these karts,” said Nigel Lempriere, Chief Executive Officer of TECNIQ. “In this mini-development project they used their initiative and applied their experience and formal study…and they won!”

TECNIQ's soapbox kart wins second place trophy

For those looking to launch or advance their careers, we offer apprenticeships in various subject areas, including engineering and manufacturing. Apprentices work hands-on at their place of employment while gaining important practical skills and pursuing qualifications during their time at college.

No matter where they are in their journeys, our apprentices earn valuable real-world skills in their field, and build on highly sought behaviours like communication, problem solving, and personal responsibility.

We at the College are always proud to see our apprentices applying themselves. We’re honoured to collaborate with employers such as TECNIQ who provide such impactful hands-on learning opportunities. It is partnerships like these that allow our apprentices to emerge as skilled professionals ready to excel in their careers.

TECNIQ and ADP Classic Racing's soapbox karts presented together in front of the engineering team and apprentices who made them