Our vision is to instil key skills and facilitate young people in their progression into employment or further training. We do this by offering vocational opportunities in motor mechanics. Everything we do is designed to develop self-esteem, character, team work, respect and tolerance.
The initial aim of Skidz was to provide a diversionary project, to reduce car related crime in the Wycombe area and has up until now, worked with 13-16 year olds. These aims still exist, but as the project has grown we are now embarking on a series of major changes to cater for the needs of 16-19 year olds as well, with a particular but not exclusive focus on those in danger of becoming NEET (that is neither in Education, Employment or Training).
Using motor vehicle studies we work with young people with a range of special requirements with the objective of re-engaging them with mainstream education. This is done by attendance at our workshops – very much and deliberately a non-school environment. Under the guidance of experienced motor technicians, the students work on cars and motor cycles to learn basic primary skills. For others – classes are conducted in pursuit of more formal qualifications that are the under the moderation of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and ABC awards.
One of our newest projects is to work with Post-16’s currently offering a Level 1 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance. This course is available to all that are interested in studying towards a career in the Motor Vehicle Industry.