Motor mechanics & Valeting

We work on donated motorbikes. We have stripped down a motorbike completely, rebuilt it and restored it ready to sell. We have learnt about the technical aspects of motorbike mechanics, how they work and what is needed to maintain them. We were even able to sell some parts, so have learnt about the costs of the various parts we need.

Our participating trainee mechanics build on the basic skills they learn in the first term and we encourage independence and confidence to complete some tasks by themselves. All sessions are tailor made according to the ability level of the young people taking part.

We start off learning the basics of car maintenance. Practical assignments allow the young adults to practise and experience the car maintenance activities associated with the upkeep and service of light vehicles.

Once they understand the fundamentals we begin to learn how to carry out running repairs and servicing. We learn learn how to jack up and change wheels, brake pads and shoes, change oil, fuel and air filters and check oil and water levels; amongst other things.

Some of the key topics we teach include health and safety at work, car roadworthiness checking (MOT), car component operation and maintenance, lubrication, fuel, ignition and exhaust systems.

The ultimate aims of the course are to give the young adults a good, basic knowledge of car maintenance, encouraging them to have the confidence to undertake simple maintenance tasks, asking for assistance when required.

We will also ensure our young adults have the knowledge to conduct the cleaning inside and out of motor vehicles safely, in a logical sequence. They will learn to conduct basic fluids checks, engine oil and water levels, as well as checking tyre pressures.

Valeting skills form an additional part of this activity. The young adults arrange for vehicles to be booked into allocated time slots to enable cleaning tasks to be completed within a given timeframe. The vehicles will then be cleaned inside and out as required. Young adults learn organisation and how to run a booking system and they conduct valeting with professional cleaning equipment and products, to enable a first rate job is undertaken.