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Girls Get Fixed Up For Career In Mechanics

Young women from Marsh Green have been busy fixing up cars and breaking down stereotypes after completing a course in basic car maintenance.

Marsh Green Girls Group have completed the course at the Fix It project, learning everything from changing tyres and fixing brake pads to balancing wheels and basic engine maintenance.

Fix It is a Spring View-based charity helping young people learn car maintenance skills and putting them on the road to work in the motoring industry.

Operations Manager Jayne Kelly said: ”The course has given the girls confidence around cars and breaks down the stereotypes that only boys can be good at mechanics.

“This group have worked so hard and in many ways have done better because they are all female. They have been more meticulous in their work and have been eager to take direction.

“It is quite amazing that they have come every week after school and have never missed a session. It just goes to show the commitment young people can have – If there is something there for young people to get involved with then will do it.”

Meagan Glynn, 15, has been inspired to enrol to study mechanics at Wigan and Leigh College from September.

She said: “When our youth worker first suggested doing this project I instantly thought: ‘Let’s go!’

“I was really excited about it, and now I really like knowing how different parts of a car work and how easy it to fix them.”

The project was funded and co-ordinated by Wigan Council’s Youth Service and the Positive Activities for Young People team.

The work will also contribute to the girls completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award

Youth worker Carmel Parr said: “The project was all about raising their aspirations and proving to them they can do anything they set their minds to.

“Some of them have just started driving lessons so when they pass their driving tests this will help them with car maintenance. They’ll also be able to recognise what is a fair price quote if they ever need work doing at a garage.”