Mercedes F1 sign deal with Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK

The organisation will help Mercedes diversify its engineering workforce.

Mercedes F1 sign deal with Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK

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  • Partnership is part of team's 'Accelerate 25' program
  • Mercedes has already launched STEM partnership as part of its goals

The Mercedes Formula One team have announced a new partnership with the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK (AFBE-UK).

The move is part of the team's 'Accelerate 25' programme, which aims to have at least 25 per cent of new hires from a minority background up to and including 2025.

To date, the team has already launched a STEM Academy partnership with the assistance of Lewis Hamilton and team boss Toto Wolff to encourage women to enter STEM.

As part of the team's new partnership, Mercedes will work with AFBE-UK on recruitment, events, education, advisory and work experience to achieve its 'Accelerate 25' goals.

"We are delighted to have joined the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers UK," said Paul Mills, chief people officer at Mercedes.

"As part of our Accelerate 25 programme and commitment to improving diversity within our team and our sport, we have begun to identify organisations who can provide valuable knowledge and support as we raise our efforts on this journey.

"AFBE-UK’s wealth of experience in working with organisations and engineering professionals to encourage and support engineers from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds into engineering is a perfect fit as we look to widen our appeal and increase the diversity of the talent within our team.

"We very much look forward to working with AFBE-UK and learning from their valuable expertise as we make progress toward our ambition of improving the diversity of our team."

AFBE-UK is a non-profit organisation focusing on people who can inspire those from under-represented backgrounds across the UK.