- MechaniX will run at the Prospex Youth Charity in Islington following nine pilot schemes held over the last four years, in both London and Hampshire
- The scheme is now available to organisations across the country
- Students will follow a dedicated course designed in conjunction with Vehicle Inspection and Training Services
- All participants will be working towards an IMI qualification
On 09 October 2018 the MechaniX programme, a vocational course created by Haynes Publishing Group in 2014, launched an updated programme to be rolled out nationwide. The first course to follow the updated curriculum will take place at Prospex Youth Charity in Islington, North London.
The project will see a group of up to eight people aged between 16 and 21 with no prior mechanical skills follow a course designed with Vehicle Inspection and Training Services (VIATS) and bring a 1992 Mazda MX-5 up to MOT standard, learning essential car maintenance activities. The course, which takes place over a 10-week period, is designed to give at-risk teenagers the self-belief and confidence that comes from developing mechanical skills. The participants also learn teamwork, leadership skills and self-reliance equipping them to become responsible, skilled and productive adults.
In addition, the programme has a strong educational aspect and students will work toward attaining an Entry Level 3 Award for the Introduction to Motor Vehicle Industry and Technologies from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The qualification develops students’ knowledge of mechanics, project management and employability skills, and will serve as a valuable stepping stone to a work placement or apprenticeship.
Commenting on the launch of the new programme, J Haynes, CEO, Haynes Publishing Group PLC said: “At a time when technical skills are very much on the agenda, this is a great demonstration of the part that companies can play in helping young people to gain valuable skills which will help them to become self-reliant and productive adults.
“At Haynes we are deeply committed to supporting the MechaniX programme having seen the success of pilot schemes in helping our vulnerable young people improve their lives and communities. The UK automotive sector is thriving and there has never been a better time for young people to get involved.”
Richard Frankland, CEO, Prospex said: “Prospex is proud to work with the MechaniX programme to help empower the young people who come through our doors to change their lives. Graduates of our previous programmes have gone on to take up work placements, return to the mainstream education system and further their interest in mechanics by pursuing apprenticeships. We are excited to see how participants on the programme develop their inter-personal and mechanical skills over the next ten weeks to help them take the next step in their lives.”
Paul Lawry, Project Co-ordinator, MechaniX, said: “I am thrilled that the MechaniX programme, which has proved so popular in pilot schemes, is launching with Prospex Youth Charity who have provided invaluable support over the last few years. I look forward to rolling the programme out nationwide so that more young people can benefit from both achieving a recognised Institute of the Motor Industry qualification but also essential life skills.”
Michelle Barrett MIMI, Business Development Manager, IMI added: “We are delighted to be working with and supporting Vehicle Inspection and Training Services (VIATS) and their partnership with the MechaniX programme. It’s an exciting project and offers a real opportunity to younger people to kick-start an exciting career in the automotive sector.
“As the Professional Body for the motor industry, the IMI is supporting businesses and training centres across the sector to encourage more young people to consider a career in automotive. With the developments in new technology, job roles are continuously expanding and the sector has never been so vibrant. It really is a place that can offer people a life-long career.”