YOUNG men with behavioural problems are motoring towards a potential new career thanks to the support of a garage equipment provider.
Morpeth-based Gott Technical Services is helping pupils at Atkinson House School by kitting them out as motor mechanics.
The school in Seghill – for boys aged 11 to 16 and who have severe social, emotional and behavioural difficulties – has welcomed their new ‘pit stop style’ workshop which also includes equipment, branded shirts and overalls to make the pupils feel like they are learning and working in a real race track environment.
The boys will undergo a two-year National Open College Network (NOCN) step up to progression course, which includes modules in brickwork, plastering and now motor vehicle maintenance.
The equipment, funded by Northumberland County Council, includes a two and four post lift, a wheel balancer, tyre changing machine and a variety of hand tools.
Atkinson House School motor vehicle instructor Chris Morton said: “We are really grateful to Gott for donating the overalls and branded shirts and of course for supplying us with first class equipment in the workshop, which has allowed us to undergo this course with an element of fun.
“It will go a long way in helping the boys to develop skills that will allow them to move onto bigger and better things in the future.
“They now have the opportunity to learn a trade that will help to keep them on the straight and narrow in the future.”
Students will be tested on basic component recognition, interior car valeting, fluid level checks, tyre pressures and how to remove and change a tyre.
Gott director Ian Gott said: “Investing in the future of motor mechanics is very important to our business ad we were therefore pleased to have been awarded the contract to supply the workshop with first class equipment to practice their skills on.
“As these boys are the generation who will shape the future of the industry we have supported them as much as we can by also donating them with the right kit needed to work in a garage atmosphere.”
Youngsters completing the course will gain a certificate and diploma in motor vehicle maintenance.