The Year of Young People 2018 aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.
To celebrate Ayrshire’s young people, DYW Ayrshire will host a guest blog which will showcase our young people’s ideas and talents.
Carrick Academy pupil John is the first to share his story.
Case Study – John S4, Carrick Academy
My guidance teacher at school told me about RUTS Bike in a Box course that the school would be running in May last year. We had to learn to assemble and take apart a Yamaha 50cc dirt bike. This took place out the back of the Science open area at Carrick Academy.
I learned a lot in this time but I knew that I would, as I enjoy working with my hands and motorbikes. I have problems with dyslexia and Meares Irlen which is a vision problem and that means I struggle with reading and writing. I have also been off school a lot because of injuries such as a broken foot and dislocated knee. I also have ADHD.
The skills I learned during this bike course have shown me that I want to work with either bike or car engines when I leave school. I hope to apply to Ayrshire College for a mechanics course but I want to also apply for apprenticeships as I think I’m ready to work full-time. My attendance on this course was 100% which is something I am really proud of.
I got on well with the other boys on the course and when we built the complete bike, it felt brilliant. Some of the other skills I learned was working with others, practical skills and following instructions. I gained an SQA Level 5 Motolearn Award when I completed all the paperwork and I used this time on the course for a unit in my SQA Level 4 Personal Development Course. At the moment, I am also on the school’s Work Out! programme one day a week with a local plant hire company and if I use all the experiences and skills I have found doing the Bike in a Box project and the work experience to find a job, I know I will be really successful.
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