Porsche-financed Road User Education Project a Success
The project officially opened in February last year and is aimed at offering youngsters from across the Hillingdon borough to take part in motor vehicle maintenance and road usage safety. So far, the initiative has enrolled 246 young people aged between 13 and 19, allowing them to participate in multiple courses.
Interest in the scheme surpassed the initial forecast, with the 300+ session organized last year receiving double the initial estimated number of students.
“The reaction to the project from the whole Hillingdon community has been extremely encouraging. With the funding from Porsche, SKIDZ has been able to improve facilities at the Hillingdon site to offer a variety of qualifications that help to prepare participants for future employment. It has been fantastic to hear of students completing courses, and moving to jobs within the motor industry,” said Steve Godfrey, Director of the SKIDZ Motor Project.
This year, the investment continues with the final donation from Porsche, which is being used to extend workshop facilities at the site in West Drayton, adding ramps and a vehicle valet area. The SKIDZ team hope that at least 150 new students will enter the program during the forthcoming year.
"All courses on the programme are delivered in an adult work-style environment to prepare participants for finding future employment. So far 106 young people have completed courses and graduated from the project. Many have continued in education, enrolling with local colleges to undertake further courses in Motor mechanics, several older participants have gone on to secure a job within the industry," stated the press release.