As Haynes’ Mechanix course, which was designed to inspire the next generation of technicians, enters its final week, CAT catches up with Mentor Paul Lawry to find out how the youngsters have taken to their first taste of the motor industry.
He says: “A number of things about this project have stood out for me. The support from Haynes Publishing Group, Draper Tools, London Youth and Prospex has been superb and the project is well organised.
“More importantly, the enthusiasm shown by the young people taking part in the course is infectious. It has been very satisfying to assist the students in learning how vehicles work and how components interact with each other. The hands on approach means that questions come thick and fast and means that we can delve deeper into how to service and repair vehicles.
“We have covered a number of areas so far, and we’ll be doing some of the bigger jobs in the next few weeks such as removing and changing brake pads and an oil change.
“The students are excited at the prospect of having the car finished and ready for an MOT. I’m really pleased that some of our students have taken such an interest in the motor trade and have expressed an interest in getting onto an apprenticeship.
“I think this shows the value of this scheme to truly inspire young people and I’m really pleased that I have helped them to think about the motor trade as a viable career choice and shown that it offers a wealth of ways in which to build a career.”