Training scheme for women mechanics

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A PROJECT to help vulnerable young women train as mechanics and a scheme encouraging children to spot the early signs of abuse are among the projects to benefit from funding worth more than £12 million.

More than 1,400 groups across England received grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All programme.

Recipients include Joint Activities and Motor Education Services (James), in Bradford.

It was awarded £10,000 to deliver workshops and work experience to young women and girls who are disadvantaged or struggling with mainstream education.

The charity’s mechanics programmes are embedded with literacy and numeracy, personal and social development and accreditation to help young people improve their employment prospects.

Kevin Metcalfe, operations manager at James, said: “It’s good to have a female group in this area as it remains a predominantly male industry.

“Through this project we are offering real meaningful vocational experiences and qualifications, which can support them into further positive progression pathways.”

A total of 1,412 groups shared funding worth £12,517,669.

Other groups to receive funding include Raising Better Children Global, in Luton. Meanwhile, Community Click in Lewes, East Sussex, secured £9,998 to buy camera and lighting equipment.

Tim Davies-Pugh, Big Lottery Fund deputy director for England, said: “It’s great to hear how the projects receiving Awards For All grants are making a little bit of funding go a long way.

“We wish all of the projects receiving funding today every success for the future.”