Car manual publisher Haynes Group plans to hold mechanics training course for young people in Hampshire, its first outside London.
The Mechanix Project will see 11 young people aged 14 to 17, with no previous car mechanic experience, challenged to bring a 1999 Ford Fiesta Ghia up to MOT level using Haynes manuals as guides.
The students will learn essential maintenance and, following the programme, will attain an Institute of the Motor Industry qualification, gaining an Entry Level Award in Personal & Social Development for the Automotive Environment (Level 3).
Haynes c.e.o. John Haynes, who took over the company last year following the retirement of c.e.o. Eric Oakley, said: “The Haynes Mechanix Project is designed to give young people belief in themselves by providing them with valuable skills and the ability to apply them practically. In addition to the confidence that comes from developing these invaluable mechanical skills, those taking part gain qualifications that improve their employment prospects and they also learn essential life skills. The previous Mechanix projects have been a great success and Haynes is excited about this opportunity to extend the reach of this programme.”
The company’s recent results showed that Haynes’ revenue increased 15% year on year to £14m in the six months to 30th November 2016, driven by a 50% growth in its digital products.