Haynes Publishing Group, publisher of car and motorbike maintenance manuals, has launched a second Haynes Mechanix project, which sees young people using Haynes manuals to develop practical skills.
A pilot project ran in June this year, following a partnership between Haynes, London Youth and Prospex, where a group of 15 to 25-year-olds worked on a project to achieve a City & Guilds qualification.
The new scheme will see a group of eight young people working on restoring a 1969 MG Midget, trying to bring it up to MOT standard. It will be run in cooperation with Hyde Housing Association and Draper Tools, with students working towards an Edexcel certificate in car mechanics and another in personal development.
Haynes Publishing Chairman J Haynes said: "The primary purpose of the Haynes Mechanix educational programme is to give young people belief in themselves. Participants achieve this by developing an understanding of mechanics, and then applying that knowledge in a practical way. In addition to the confidence that comes with developing practical skills, those taking part have the opportunity to gain qualifications that improve their employment prospects while also learning essential life skills. The pilot project was a great success, and Haynes is currently looking at ways we can partner with more organisations and youth clubs to extend the reach of this programme.”