Three excited Keith Grammar School Pupils got the opportunity to visit the renowned AMDetails, a local Car Detailing Service Company based in Elgin on Monday.
[Left - Right: Mark Rennie, Alan Medcraf, Aaron Skinner and Kyle McHardie @ AMDetails]
Mark Rennie, Aaron Skinner and Kyle McHardie from Keith Grammar School all study the National 4 Automotive Skills for Work Course. As part of this course, the pupils have been on work experience with car garages in the area during their 4th year. Also, the course required the pupils to gain experience in vehicle modification and car valeting.
Owner of AMDetails, Alan Medcraf was found to provide these services locally, and at the request of Keith Grammar School was kindly willing to support these pupils on their learning by giving them hands on experience in these areas. The pupils got a tour of the workshop facilities and learned all about the specialist services that AMDetails offers. It was an ideal opportunity for the pupils to learn outside of the classroom, in a real-life workplace environment. A full day of detailing training one-to-one with Alan is priced from £300 depending on experience which demonstrates the brilliant opportunity that these pupils got.
Keith Grammar School is the only Moray Secondary School which offers the National 4 Automotive Skills for Work Course.
Alan Medcraf, AMDetails Owner, advised,
“It is great that there is such a course available to our young people and I was delighted to be approached to offer my knowledge and skills as part of their learning. There is no SQA or equivalent qualifications for the detailing industry at present, just best practice - I enjoyed passing this on to the students.”
Marc Rennie, Pupil said,
“It was really good because instead of washing a car just with soap and water we got to use professional products and techniques, at the end of the process the car was really clean even though we had hardly touched it. I liked getting the chance to learn about the specialist coatings that can be applied to the car, I had never had the chance to try doing something like this before.”
Aaron Skinner, Pupil explained,
“I enjoyed the visit, learning practical skills in a work place is much better than learning in a classroom. Thank you very much to Alan for having us along and sharing his skills with us.”
Katy Duncan, Inclusion Project Coordinator at Keith Grammar School who organised the visit said,
“This has been a fantastic experience for the pupils involved support from local businesses such as AM Details enables us to provide real hands on learning experiences for our pupils.”
Emily Souness, who teaches the school-based element of the course, also advised,
“We are really grateful that Alan was willing to give up his time and offer the pupils such an excellent experience, their feedback about what they have learnt has been really positive.”
Sarah Baxter, DYW Moray Manager explained,
“Skills for work courses focus on the generic employability skills required for the working environment. This is an ideal opportunity for businesses to assist as in order for the courses to be successful as the pupils require practical experience that is related to the subject of the course. Workplace visits, Career Talks, Work Experience, Workshops are all opportunities that local organisations can help to provide to build the self-confidence of these pupils in the workplace.”