Young persons’ charity SKIDZ has launched a new course for students who want to qualify and create a career as a motor mechanic.
The latest initiative from the organisation is the result of a partnership being struck between Amersham and Wycombe Colleges. The tie has been designed to provide practical training for would-be mechanics, aged from 16 to 19-year-olds, in a working environment.
The charity’s six full-time trainers, all of whom are professional mechanics, have been tasked to ensure students obtain hands-on experience, so they gain the knowledge and contacts to pursue a career in the motor industry.
Jordan McBarnett and Sean Stacey, two former SKDIZ students, have both featured in the national press promoting the scheme after successfully completing previous courses
Jordan was introduced to SKIDZ after being excluded from mainstream education at just 14. Attending SKIDZ two days-a-week, he attained a health and safety certificate, as well as a Level 1 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance.
Subsequently, he was offered an apprenticeship by Lucas Autocentre in High Wycombe and later qualified as a Level 3 Technician. Now aged 21, Jordan is assistant manager.
Jordan said: “Once I was out of mainstream education, I knew I had to focus on my future and what I was going to do. SKIDZ helped me a lot and allowed me to do what I really enjoyed, and they helped me with mock interviews when I was looking for an apprenticeship. I can’t really say what I would be doing now if I hadn’t had that opportunity.”
Now, Lucas Autocentre has signed up 16-year-old Sean as the garage’s latest apprentice. He hopes to follow in Jordan’s footsteps and carve a successful career in mechanics.
Sean undertook his SKIDZ course after choosing motor studies as a course option in Year 10 at Highcrest Academy, High Wycombe.
Places are still available. Young people wanting to take advantage of the new courses should visit www.skidz.org.uk for details.