GASP Motor Project is an independent alternative learning provider that delivers accredited AQA and Laser courses in basic motor mechanics and practical engineering skills to young people, mostly in the 14 to 19 years age range. Our programme contributes to these students’ positive personal development and, where appropriate, we also help to facilitate their onward progression into education, training and employment.
Our key aims
- To help young people change behaviours and support them in making a successful transition to adult life.
- To support young people to progress through education, employment and training.
- To prepare young people in a practical way for the world of work.
- To enable young people to experience the value of teamwork, focusing on personal, social and emotional development.
Our Daytime, After School and Evening programmes are run by instructors experienced in engineering – all have enhanced DBS clearance. The sessions are delivered in a modern, purpose built workshop at Albury, between Guildford and Dorking; or from the customised GASP mobile provision, which travels across Surrey and into adjoining areas.
- The Daytime and After School programmes are tailored for those who are under-achieving, disaffected and ‘at risk’; vulnerable students with special educational needs (SENs); and those students who respond best to vocational learning.
- The GASP Industry-Linked programme, run with schools and businesses, gives students the opportunity to develop the skills that will help their progression pathway into employment – and get experience of the world of work at first hand.
- Our Evening sessions are invariably for those in mainstream education, supplementing the students’ scholastic curriculum, those studying for their DofE Award skills, or as a diversionary activity.
Each year, approaching 200 young people benefit from 400+ sessions – run as 6, 10 or 12 week programmes. The programmes are also structured to develop their interpersonal skills and behaviours, and improvements are measured and recorded.
The CEO of Surrey County Council, David McNulty, said in October 2014:
“GASP is outstanding – it stands head and shoulders above the rest in the way this charity is always looking at ways to improve, to make the programmes better and to develop new partnerships and new opportunities.”
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