Following trial projects, the MechaniX scheme will be formally launched at Prospex, London at 6pm on 9th October 2018. This special event will be attended by the Mayor of Islington and many other attendees. The Mayor and guests will be discussing the project with the young people taking part and Prospex will be launching their MechaniX project on the same day. Check back for updates on the car!
MechaniX will be available to youth clubs and organisations wanting to give young people demonstrable skills in a new environment. The MechaniX project will be making grants available to enable groups to start their project as well as supplying the course materials for students and assessors.
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 committed to supporting Mechanix having seen the success of pilot schemes and how it can help our vulnerable young people improve their lives and communities.”
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 to help them take the next step in their lives.”
Paul Lawry, Project Co-ordinator, MechaniX, said: “I am delighted that the Mechanix programme, which has proved so popular in pilot schemes, is launching with Prospex Youth Club 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.”