Youngsters take a pit stop

Student Anthony Laurie, Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott, student Brandon Hankinson and Atkinson House School motor vehicle instructor Chris Morton.
Student Anthony Laurie, Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott, student Brandon Hankinson and Atkinson House School motor vehicle instructor Chris Morton.

A MORPETH business has given a helping hand to youngsters who are learning how to be motor mechanics.

Atkinson House School in Seghill, which is for boys aged 11 to 16 who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, has welcomed the items from garage equipment supplier Gott Technical Services for its new ‘pit stop style’ workshop.

The equipment, funded by Northumberland County Council, includes a two and four post lift, a wheel balancer, tyre changing machine and a variety of hand tools. The students will learn the practical hands-on skills needed to be a mechanic.

The Coopies Lane-based firm has also donated branded shirts and overalls.

Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott said: “Investing in the future of motor mechanics is very important to our business and we were therefore pleased to have been awarded the contract to supply the workshop with first-class equipment so students can practice their skills.”

During the motor vehicle maintenance module, which is part of a two-year National Open College Network course that covers a range of practical trades, students will be tested on basic component recognitions, interior car valeting, fluid level checks, tyre pressures and how to remove and change a tyre.

Atkinson House School motor vehicle instructor Chris Morton said: “We are really grateful to Ian for donating the overalls and branded shirts and of course for supplying us with equipment in the workshop, which has allowed us to undergo this course with an element of fun

“It will go a long way in helping the boys to develop skills that will allow them to move onto bigger and better things in the future.”