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Mechanics of the future at car workshop

UNDER THE BONNET Darren Male, manager at The Enterprise Academy with students Leanne Simpson and Abbie Jones, both 14 and April Webb, 20, during the motor workshop.  Picture: Sarah Standing (123720-4267)

UNDER THE BONNET Darren Male, manager at The Enterprise Academy with students Leanne Simpson and Abbie Jones, both 14 and April Webb, 20, during the motor workshop. Picture: Sarah Standing (123720-4267)

 

YOUNGSTERS in Gosport have been getting their hands dirty thanks to a motor vehicle workshop.

The workshop takes place in the historical grounds of Haslar Hospital and is run by The Enterprise Academy, which supports students who prefer more practical, hands-on learning.

The workshop gives pupils the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how cars work and how to fix them.

They then work to build up and work on a car which can be used for circuit racing.

And next year they will have the opportunity to start learning the basics of how to drive.

Darren Male, manager of The Enterprise Academy, said: ‘Once a week we come down here and we learn to convert a car into a racing car.

‘It’s having the opportunity to learn to develop new skills and an understanding of how a car works. If it’s done they will have a chance to drive it in the summer.’

And the course isn’t just full of boys, as a number of girls have taken an interest in it too.

Mr Male added: ‘We have done various courses over the last five years. The girls on some occasions have outshone the boys in terms of the the amount of work.

‘It’s good to see that the girls can have a go.

‘When they do, they realise that they can do it and they enjoy it. It’s equal opportunities.’

Dagan Halford, 15, said: ‘I work better with my hands on stuff than in the classroom.

‘It’s better than I thought it would be – I’m not really the kind of person to work with cars.’

And Abbie Jones, 14, added: ‘It’s good. I have already learnedquite a bit.

‘It’s not just for boys. It’s for the girls too because when we’re older we are going to want to drive. It’s good fun.’

Greg Feltham, 14, said: ‘When my family car breaks down I will know what to do. It’s fun and it’s really useful.’

 

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