The SKIDZ Wycombe Motor Project has been operating since 1998 delivering vocational training in motor mechanics to young people with the aim of giving them skills to improve their prospects of future employment. The courses offered engage and stimulate work in an adult workshop environment that also improves their communication skills and strengthens self-esteem and confidence. The young people are referred by schools, Special Schools, Pupil Referral Units, and a few from other statutory agencies. They are aged 13 – 16+ years (with a few who are up to 19 years from the Special Schools). There are about 230 young people a week attending courses. Of these, two thirds attend once a week for a 2 year period to complete the ABC Awards Level 1 in Motor Vehicle Studies. In this group up to 68% have some learning difficulties. The remaining third attend Primary Skills for varying lengths of time and of these 98% have significant learning difficulties and social problems (54 have SEN statements). SKIDZ give young people a future!

The BWCF grant has enabled SKIDZ to reduce the pupil:teacher ratio for young people who have Special Educational Needs enabling instructors to ensure maximum benefit to such needy youngsters.

SKIDZ were also excited to introduce in the September 2012 term, a specially adapted Entry Level course, which they have been instrumental in designing with ABC, the course provider. The course offers opportunity for those who may not be capable of completing the Level 1 course.

The Entry Level Award primarily is a hands-on practical course, providing basic skills and theory of Motor Mechanics. It enables students to gain a nationally recognized award, equivalent of 25 GCSE points. The modules have been adapted to suit the needs and abilities of students who struggle the most – specifically those with Special Educational Needs.

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