The College of West Anglia

Local Garage Helping to Train the Mechanics of Tomorrow

Whizzy Wheels has been working in partnership with the college to help train the future generation of highly-skilled mechanics in the area.

The garage, based in Leverington, was opened by Doug McClure in 1996 and is now run by him and his sons, Matthew, James and Jack. The garage deals with motor vehicle repairs, servicing, as well as being a MOT centre.

Doug has been taking on college students for the last three years and has nine students on work experience this academic year alone.

Doug said: ‘I began taking on students because I remembered what it was like to move from school into the working world. Young people need practical skills and experience to help them cope with the transition from college to working life and I hope I am able to help them to achieve this and give them skills that they can use in the future.’

The students complete a minimum of 30 hours work at the garage as part of their work experience, which will go towards their qualification. They assist with everything, from services to repairs and MOTs.

One student, Troy Sauntson, who is currently studying at the college’s Wisbech campus, said: ‘I have really enjoyed my time at Whizzy Wheels, and I have learnt a lot from Doug and the team. Because of my time here, it has given me the confidence to go on and study for a motor vehicle qualification.’     

Work Placement and Careers Co-ordinator, Guy Bridge, said: ‘Doug has been absolutely fantastic is accommodating our students. Sometimes, it’s hard work to get employers to see what Doug sees, which is mutually-beneficial relationship apprentices and employers have. We can’t thank him enough for the support.’