Transition programme motors ahead
Andrea's Autos Skills Centre is a family-run MOT, servicing and repair centre with a difference. Andrea, co-founder of Andrea's Autos with her husband Richard, has been delivering ASDAN Programmes since 2008.
In 2009 Andrea began running Stepping Stones, working with local primary schools. She produced bespoke challenges to fit the garage environment, enabling primary students to get their first taste of working life.
“At the beginning of the year we discovered that the local schools were going to lose their transition worker. We felt this was going to leave students who need support through transition at risk and felt something needed to be done. With an ASDAN grant we have been able to launch our own transition programme using the Stepping Stones, this time with a more enterprising project,” Andrea explained.
“We love ASDAN as it enables students who excel in practical activities, rather than academic studies, to gain recognition for their skills and also provides them an opportunity to celebrate their achievements."
They rolled out three courses with six students per course, who attended Andrea's Autos daily for a week. The primary schools involved selected students they wanted to participate in the programme. Schools were mixed to integrate students in preparation for the transition to secondary school. Activities included health and safety, car valeting, advertising, customer service and launching an enterprise.
"We knew that this would be a great way for the students to identify their skills, work as a team and most importantly form new friendships," Andrea added.