LVS Oxford learner Bradley completed a six-week bike restoration course at TRAX near Oxford last term, a charity which runs training courses for young people who have had a difficult time and struggled with the normal rigours of education and aims to give them real skills which make a difference.
At the start of the course, Bradley chose a reclaimed bicycle that he would be responsible for completely restoring under the watchful eyes of the TRAX trained bike mechanics.
The push-bike project covers building, servicing and maintaining bikes. TRAX staff also focus on helping students develop social skills that support the qualifications. They aim to help young people develop into young adults who can take their place in society with confidence.
Bradley has been eager to share his experiences after each weekly session. He says, “The TRAX course has been great. I got to build a bike from scratch and work as part of a team with my course mates. On the last day, we got to ride quad bikes around the track. I went really fast, it was brilliant fun!”
Louisa Allison-Bergin, LVS Oxford’s Head of Centre, adds “Bradley is a capable student who needs help with focusing and seeing his work through to completion. The TRAX push-bike project was ideal as it helped him to practice his fine motor skills, provided valuable work experience in the field of mechanics, and supported the social skills learning that is such an important part of the work we do here at LVS Oxford.”
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