Haynes trains young car mechanics

Haynes trains young car mechanics

Haynes Publishing Group, publisher of car and bike manuals, has seen its first ever qualified Haynes MechaniX through its inaugural youth car mechanics programme in Islington.
 
The publisher worked with London Youth and Prospex to run an intensive training programme where a group of 15-25 year olds from an underprivileged area of the London Borough of Islington were taught car mechanics using a Haynes Manual with tuition from qualified mentors. They all achieved City & Guilds qualifications and several are now considering future careers in car mechanics.
 
Speaking about the programme, J Haynes, chairman of Haynes Publishing Group, said: “Watching the unwavering enthusiasm of the young members as they learnt new skills and started to believe more in their abilities has been incredibly rewarding. I understand that several of the participants are now looking into building on this qualification, whether through returning to college or through vocational courses, and I hope this will give them the confidence and foundations to find lasting careers that they enjoy in the future.”

Haynes Publishing and London Youth are now discussing extending the programme into other clubs within London Youth’s network, either in the same format or possibly a slightly different one, such as pedal bike maintenance.

Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of London Youth said: “This just shows that when given the opportunity and right levels of support, young people can really flourish and show what an asset they can be. We hope this opportunity can be extended to others in the future, and are looking forward to working with Haynes Publishing and partners to make this possible.”