User

Health and Safety

The safety of all visitors to our site is of the highest importance and our safety record bears testament to this priority.  We have a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy and Risk Assessments which are updated regularly with the support that we receive from Citation plc, consultants in health and safety.  Click here for a link to Citation plc.

Our Health and Safety Policy is available on disk, together with our Risk Assessments, on request.

Method

An integrated learning facility combining basic mechanical theory with the repair and maintenance of a car and driving practice in the Project's dual controlled car.  Plus input covering the legal requirements for vehicle use on the highway, Highway Code and hazard awareness.

Teaching Aids

  • Basic workshop tooling and equipment.
  • The Project's dual controlled car.
  • DSA Theory Test and Hazard Awareness Training DVDs.

Safety Clothing

Overalls, gloves and safety boots - all provided by The Wheels Project.

Programme

1 x 2 1/2 hour session a week over 2 terms (12 weeks).

TERM 1 / Week 1 / Session 1

  • Introduction to staff and course content
  • Initial assessment
  • Health and safety
  • Tool recognition

Week 2 / Session 2

  • Legal requirements to drive vehicles
  • Road signs 1
  • Change a road wheel using vehicle jack
  • Theory test 1
  • Driving skills in the Project's car park using dual controlled car

Week 3 /  Session 3

  • Road signs 2
  • Change spark plugs
  • Theory test 2
  • Hazard awareness and perception

Week 4 / Session 4

  • Road signs 3
  • Change engine oil and oil filter
  • Driving and other road users
  • Driving skills in the Project's car park using dual controlled car

Week 5 / Session 5

  • Lighting and tyres check
  • Theory test 3
  • Keeping a vehicle in a roadworthy condition

Week 6 / Session 6

  • Driving skills in the Project's car park using dual controlled car
  • Evaluate course and own driving

TERM 2 / Week 1 / Session 7

  • Recap previous sessions
  • Front brakes
  • Road signs 4

Week 2 / Session 8

  • Theory test 4
  • Driving skills in the Project's car park using dual controlled car

Week 3 / Session 9

  • Road signs 5
  • Bodywork inspection
  • Buying a second hand car
  • Theory test 5

Week 4 / Session 10

  • Change a battery
  • On-line theory test practice
  • Driving skills in the Project's car park using dual controlled car

Week 5 / Session 11

  • Hazard awareness
  • On-line theory test practice
  • Evaluate course and own driving

Week 6 / Session 12

  • Karting at TeamSport, Avonmouth Bristol

Transport

Transport of students is not provided by The Wheels Project.

Qualifications

Driver Theory Test

Groups

  • Groups will be pre-formed by the referring organisation.
  • Group size is restricted to a maximum of 8 students.
  • Wheels does not have more than 1 group of students at its centre at any one time.
  • New students can start up to and including week 2 but no later.
  • A Risk Assessment on students must be completed by Key Workers before the start of the course - those with a  history of violent behaviour are excluded from Wheels' programmes.  Failure to submit a formal assessment will lead to delay and forfeit of sessions.

Criteria for Selection

Students' behaviour should be causing concern to group leaders and exhibit at least three of the following factors:

  • aged 16 - 24
  • anti-social behaviour
  • poor educational record
  • truanting
  • exclusion from school
  • criminal record

Intake Dates

Groups attend The Wheels Project without the presence of others to reduce distractions and aid concentration.

Intakes for groups occur at the start of each academic term.

Have a look at our intake dates.

Venue

The Wheels Project Ltd, 31-32 Bonville Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5QH

Tel:  0117 971 1711

Contact:  David Glossop, General Manager

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Staff

  • 2 Workshop Supervisors from The Wheels Project
  • 1 Guest Speaker
  • Group Leader (2 for Karting sessions)
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