Walton Charity brings GASP to Local Elmbridge Schools

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Walton Charity is funding a pilot project with the GASP Motor Project which will deliver motor engineering skills directly to young people at local schools. GASP provides basic training in motor mechanics and practical engineering skills for young people aged between 13 and 19. Run by qualified mechanics, the daytime programmes provide alternative learning for under-achieving and disaffected young people, leading to a nationally recognised accreditation. The training often provides the basis for further education and a career in engineering.

While GASP provides students with an opportunity to learn new skills and gain accreditation, it largely focuses on learners’ personal, social and emotional development, which helps them to positively change their behaviours and attitudes. The project also provides valuable teamwork and communication skills that are important for their future progression pathway.

The pilot scheme will see the GASP mobile workshop brought directly to both Esher High School and Three Rivers Academy to deliver these practical sessions to students identified as being at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). It is hoped that this early intervention will open a route into vocational training or employment for them.

Henry Curwen, Chief Executive of GASP said “GASP is so pleased to be working with The Walton Charity again, enabling us to energise young people and re-engage them with learning. This generous grant brings with it the exciting opportunity to work with students at three schools in Elmbridge, developing their practical and life skills and building confidence and
self-esteem – so important for their future!

A young person who has attended the GASP sessions said “…GASP is different from school because it’s all hands-on. I have gained confidence and self-respect – it’s not like they are telling us what to do, they are helping us.”

This project is just one of many that Walton Charity currently supports to bring the widest possible range of educational experiences to young people in Elmbridge. For further information see https://www.waltoncharity.org.uk/grants-community.

For more information on GASP visit: http://www.gaspmotorproject.org/index.php