A scheme between a community group and Pontefract firm to teach youngsters the basics of mechanics has turned out its first graduates.
A group of nine teenagers took part in the six-week mechanics course at Raceway Karting on Skinner Lane during the summer holidays.
It was organised in association with Monkhill and Ladybalk Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (MALTRA) and Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) to divert youths from crime and anti-social behaviour.
The final week saw them take a test on what they had learned and receive certificates, while they all received free sessions in the go-karts as part of the course.
Andy Hirst, managing director of Raceway, said: “I have children, and I know how hard it is to occupy them during the holidays, and we had some old karts, so I suggested they could take one of them to bits.
“It gives them a sense of worth, it gets them doing something and learning something, and they have really enjoyed it.”
Martin Coleman, chairman of MALTRA, said: “I’m very pleased with how it’s gone, working with Raceway is a terrific link for us and it’s been first class.”
The course has been such a success Raceway has agreed to repeat it, with a new course starting soon, and is offering weekly work experience to some of the youngsters who have completed the course.
Sgt Alan Studd, of the NPT, said future courses would include children from more areas.
He added: “The idea is we mix children from different areas so it breaks down barriers.”