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Old Land Rover beefed up for Mechanix’s tenth Islington project
PUBLISHED: 13/05/2019 | UPDATED:28/05/2019 16:58:20
Pupils to repurpose old Rover while working towards an IMI qualification

  • MechaniX runs at the Prospex Youth Charity in Islington
  • The scheme is available to organisations nationwide
  • Students will follow a dedicated course designed by Haynes Publishing in conjunction with Vehicle Inspection and Training Services
  • Participants work towards an IMI qualification

The MechaniX programme, a vocational course created by Haynes Publishing Group, announced that the participants of its tenth Islington project will be turning their hands to a 2002 Land Rover Discovery with a view to repurposing it for off-road use.

The participants, aged 16 to 21, who have no prior mechanical skills, will follow a course designed with Vehicle Inspection and Training Services (VIATS) in conjunction with Prospex, to carry out a range of necessary activities including the fitments of guards and lamps to ensure that the old model is able to tackle the challenges of off-road, recreational use.

The team of young people will have the opportunity to not only develop mechanical skills but also strengthen their teamwork and leadership skills. Scheduled to run for a 10-week period over twenty sessions, the programme is designed to equip at-risk teenagers with self-belief and confidence over the course of their learning journey – skills and attributes that can help them grow into responsible, skilled and productive adults.

Students also benefit from the programme’s educational emphasis as they work towards attaining an Entry Level 3 Award for the Introduction to Motor Vehicle Industry and Technologies from the Institute of the Motor Industry. On top of the valuable life skills this qualification confers, MechaniX also serves as a springboard for wider ambitions including work placements or apprenticeships.

Commenting on the programme, J Haynes, CEO, Haynes Publishing Group PLC stated: “This is a brilliant opportunity to reflect on all the hard and dedication that has gone into creating and sustaining the momentum for this course that has helped multiple young people gain the skills and confidence needed to stand on their own two feet.

"Repurposing an old Rover for off-road use is a complicated and engrossing challenge. We are confident that, in carrying out this considerable task, participants will benefit from a host of development opportunities and emerge with a good deal of knowledge and fresh outlook on their future. Looking ahead, we are continuing to build on the momentum of this programme and providing opportunities for teenagers in Islington and across the UK.”

Richard Frankland, CEO, Prospex said: “It is exciting to be delivering our tenth course and to be working on such an iconic vehicle. This course means over 50 young people in Islington have benefitted and gained accreditation as well as soft skills that have helped them become work-ready or get back into education with a renewed perspective. This current course has two young people that want a career in mechanics and this will be that real stepping stone for them.”

Michelle Barrett MIMI, Business Development Manager, Institute of the Motor Industry added: “We are delighted to be supporting the MechaniX programme and Prospex to offer a real opportunity to younger people to kick-start an exciting life-long career in the automotive sector. Repurposing a 2002 Land Rover Discovery for off-roading will be a fun and rewarding challenge.”