TECNIQ Apprentices – Winners at the Colchester Soapbox Rally

Sep 22, 2023

Media Contact

Paul Martin

PR & Communications
United Kingdom

TECNIQ Apprentices – Winners at the Colchester Soapbox RallyIt was great to be at the inaugural Colchester Soapbox Rally running two karts in a field of 50, competing for the fastest time, and most creative entry.

Teams competed on a short High Street course. Launching from an 8ft start ramp the karts jostled down a 300m course featuring a foam “Kart Wash”, hay bale slalom, speed bump, and super soakers – aimed by the public – to reach the finish line!

Winners!

We were very proud to see both karts run so strongly from the off.

Our TECNIQ kart took top spot in the first runs with ADP Classic Racing edging out the field in the second set of runs to become overall winners for the event, with TECNIQ a close second.

An amazing first running for the karts and the team and well done to the apprentices who ran the programme and represented us on the day and a bog thank you to all who helped.

Kart programme led by apprentices

Our soapbox kart programme was led by our talented engineering apprentices working together to design and build both karts, running them on the day.

Over the course of the build programme the team worked with multiple departments benefitting from the ideas and expertise of colleagues across the organisation to test their ideas when designing and building their karts:

  • Fabrication.
  • Paint shop.
  • Leather shop.
  • Classic Racing.
  • IT and software engineering.
  • Finance.
  • Design and engineering.
  • Carbon fibre lamination.
  • Build and assembly.
  • Health and safety.
  • Purchasing.
  • Marketing.

And … not only did they prepare and run the karts, but they gave a fantastic account of the programme when interviewed by BBC Essex live from the starting ramp and finishing pen.

“The karts were designed and built by our apprentices who used their learning experience to pull the design and build programme together and were supported by people across the business. A great way to apply their technical learning and to learn new project skills.

They’ve done a great job. Even though they were very busy with their studies they’ve been committed and they’ve delivered. I’m very proud!”

Nigel Lempriere. CEO, TECNIQ

Watch the karts in action …

Apprenticeship programme

At TECNIQ we are very proud of our apprenticeships programme.

We strive to create an environment that provides opportunities for people and to develop skills and talents.

That’s why we have our apprenticeship programme:

  • To encourage young people into engineering careers and develop early-stage careers.
  • To strengthen our workforce and capability and help people to continually develop and grow.
  • To build tomorrow’s management team.

We have some 12 apprentices working across various departments and at various stages of development all studying at the Colchester Institute.  Some are early on in their careers on rotation through departments to build general engineering and manufacturing experience while others have gained experienced are settled into departments. All benefit from both further education and from being part of a focused and busy design, engineering and manufacturing company working on very exciting hypercar projects.