The Community Vehicle Programme is designed as a progression from our Introduction to SERVICING programme. It is usually combined with other of our programmes such as the BSKC and Pre CBT programme for new moped riders.
The course is run over 1 day a week over at least 2 x 6 week terms
It sets out to help our students to identify and select a community group in need of a vehicle with the aim of The Wheels Project acquiring a suitable vehicle to prepare with them up to MOT standard before it is gifted at the end of the programme. Along the way they will undertake training in First Aid at Work, Road Safety Awareness, a visit to their chosen Charity and the option of a visit to the Mini factory or the Haynes Motor museum in Somerset.
This programme was first introduced in 2001 and evidence from 500 students who have undertaken it has shown that:-
- 95% of students’ have expressed a significant rise in their self-esteem
- 90% have expressed a sense of achievement and connection with their community
- 90% have shown improved school attendance.
- 85% have engaged with their communities through their preparation of 54 vehicles which have been donated to a diverse range of community groups such as Food Banks, Furniture Banks, Farms For City Children, WESC school for the partially sighted, Skate parks, Children’s Playgroups and sports development Projects
- 85% have re engaged with education either by returning to Full time schooling or leaving to join a full time FE course