I have youth work and P.T.L.L.S qualifications, a City and Guilds certificate in Motorcycle Mechanics and Engineering, a current DBS certificate and I have recently completed a course on ”Challenging Behaviour in the learning Environment.” I have worked in schools, Youth Service and N.E.E.T establishments. I also ran my own motorcycle spares and repair shop for 11 years.
I also offer bicycle maintenance classes for all ages. Formal accreditations are available for older students. A number of my former students have gone on to study or work in the mechanical field.
I have worked in a number of schools, alternative education programmes and for the youth service. The young people I have worked with range in age from 10 to 20 years old. In the Warrington area, some of the schools I have worked at include: Beamont Collegiate Academy High School, Grappenhall Hall School, Culcheth High School, Bridgewater High School, Lysander High School, Chaigeley School, Penketh High School, Warrington Youth Service, New Horizons School and the S.T.A.M.P. project in St Helens (working with N.E.E.T. young people)
The courses I offer can be adapted to suit any age or ability. I include areas such as: design, disassembly, reassembly, painting and spraying, restoration, modification and customisation. Younger age groups have produced ‘novelty’ motorcycle based vehicles, whereas older students, with more mechanical aptitude, often work on more technical restoration projects. I also offer bicycle maintenance classes for all ages.
OFSTED says... A school I have been involved with recently gained recognition for the project in their OFSTED inspection report. The bike club was identified as an “Interesting and varied curriculum. The school’s project not only gained competition awards, but had a good impact on attendance”