As Haynes Mechanix heads into its fourth week , CAT catches up with Daniela Rathke, Trainer from RM Training, who explains the challenges the young people are tackling over the duration of the course.
She said: “We were given a little green P Registration 1.6-litre automatic VW Polo, whose MOT had expired at the end of March. Our challenge is therefore to prepare and customise the little Polo so it can pass its annual test.
“During the project we are examining different parts of the vehicle, many of them essential for the day to day journey. For example, learning how to change a tyre safely, changing light bulbs and checking the fluid levels.
“The joy of working with the group of young people on the project is that everybody has his / her ideas on how to customise the vehicle, both inside and outside. They are all interested in learning about the mechanics of the car – understanding what makes it run – whilst also having enjoying getting stuck in and getting their hands dirty.
“For me, it is great to be able to teach them about the different parts of the vehicle, passing over some of my knowledge, and tips that I have picked up over the years, and encouraging them to get engaged and enjoy what they are doing. Who knows, maybe we will end up with some future mechanics after the project finishes!
“So far with the support of London Youth, Haynes Publishing’s manuals, Draper Tools and RM Training the project has been worth every second.”